An interesting series is in store, that’s for sure. The Yankees are set to face Oakland, a team they are 5-1 against this season and 10-2 against in the last two. This will be the last time they face in 2009.
The Yankees will start AJ Burnett against former Yankee Bret Tomko. Burnett is 6-2 and .250 in his last 11 starts. Tomko last faced off against the Angels on July 11, while still with the Yankees. He was designated for assignment on July 21st and was picked up by Oakland.
He makes his first start of the season tonight against his former team. According to Peter Abraham, Tomko is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA against the Yankees, but tonight would count as his first start against the Bronx Bombers. Tomko also texted Nick Swisher to tell him he would hit him in the ribs. Swisher jokingly told Abraham he would charge the mound if that happened.
CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.71) will face off against Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54) on Tuesday and Chad Gaudin (1-0, 5.13 with Yankees, 5-10, 5.48 with San Diego) will start against Brett Anderson (7-8, 4.55) on Wednesday.
Robinson Cano brings a 14-game hitting streak into tonight’s game and Jorge Posada celebrates his 38th birthday. Hideki Matsui will be out of Monday’s game and is most likely going to be held out the rest of the series. There is little rush to get him back – at least not until this weekend when the Yanks travel to Boston.
Other then that, the Yankees are on fire, 11-3 in August and 7.5 games up on Boston in the AL East. The A’s come off a series loss to Chicago, but have somehow managed to win 8 of 13. We’ll see if the A’s have lost their momentum for sure. A winning series for the Yankees would give them the “high” they need going into a tough series against Boston.