Since Chris has been hired by the Yankees to travel to Taiwan for the next three weeks and help Chien-Ming Wang in his rehab, I must hold down the fort…..Ok I lied…Chris has not been hired by the Yankees, but he is going to be in Taiwan the next three weeks.  I’m jealous.

The Yankees are heading into a very tough homestand – three games against Texas, followed by 3 games against the Chicago White Sox.  The Yankees are 4-2 against Texas this season, while they are 1-3 against Chicago.

But, this is a different team then the one that faced Chicago in July and Texas in June.  This Yankees squad is 27-9 since the All-Star break – a phenomenal .750 record.  They are coming off a well-played road trip to Seattle, Oakland and Boston with a 7-3 record in those ten games.

Texas limps into the Bronx, posting a 5-5 record over the last two weeks that has seen them cede control of the AL Wild Card to Boston.   The Rangers bring in the reigning AL Player of the Week in Michael Young.  He was 13-26 this week, with 8 RBI.

Honestly, it was a slow week statistically around baseball, but I felt the POW on honor should have went to Hideki Matsui.  Sure he only hit 6-23 (.260), but he had four homers, 5 runs scored and 10 RBI in 5 games.  Thus, he created more offense for his team then Young did.

Either way, the Yankees should take 2-3 from Texas.  They put Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and AJ Burnett on the mound during the series.  All struggled somewhat in their last start.  I expect two of them to bounce back and pitch good games, one will struggle again – who knows who it will be.

Tuesday: RHP Kevin Millwood (9-8, 3.48) vs. RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-3, 3.98), 7:05 p.m., My9

Wednesday: LHP Derek Holland (7-7, 4.72) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (10-6, 4.25), 7:05 p.m. YES/ESPN2

Thursday: RHP Dustin Nippert (4-2, 3.95) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (10-7, 4.08), 1:05 p.m. YES