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What’s left on the schedule

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ORIOLES
August 30 – September 1
at Yankee Stadium
Record: 70-61
Third in the A.L. East
Yankees are 5-7 against the Orioles this season
Baltimore is one of the hardest-hitting teams in the American League, and that power comes with the most reliable defense in the league. The pitching is sub-par — Orioles are bottom third in team ERA — especially in the rotation, but that’s a tough lineup that’s kept the Orioles ahead of the Yankees this season.

WHITE SOX
September 2 – 4

at Yankee Stadium
Record: 56-76
Last in the A.L. Central
Yankees are 0-3 against the White Sox this season
Chicago is one of the worst teams in baseball, but they also played host to what has to be the low point of the Yankees season. With Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup for the first time, the Yankees were swept in three games in Chicago early this month. The White Sox should be infinitely beatable, especially considering they’ve traded away several of their best players.

RED SOX
September 5 – 8

at Yankee Stadium
Record: 79-55
First in the A.L. East
Yankees are 5-7 against the Red Sox this season
This rivalry has new juice ever since Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a fastball a week and a half ago in Boston. The Red Sox have turned things around quickly, rebuilding their team after last year’s letdown to become the top team in the division. This is a four-game series that could make a gigantic difference one way or the other. Yankees desperately need to play well at home next weekend.

ORIOLES
September 9 – 12
at Baltimore
Record: 70-61
Third in the A.L. East
Yankees are 5-7 against the Orioles this season
Two four-game series in a row, and probably the two more important back-to-back series of the month. The Orioles are a legitimate hurdle for the Yankees to try to grab that second wild card spot, and four-games at Camden Yards is an obvious opportunity to make a serious dent in that wild card deficit.

RED SOX
September 13 – 15
at Boston
Record: 79-55
First in the A.L. East
Yankees are 5-7 against the Red Sox this season
This is the Yankees final trip to Fenway. Last time they were there, the series ended with perhaps the most emotional win of the season when Rodriguez had his revenge against Dempster in a game that seemed to bring the Yankees together and light some sort of spark. Have to imagine that what happens in the four-game Red Sox series at home will have an impact on the way the Yankees feel heading into Boston. 

BLUE JAYS
September 17 – 19
at Toronto
Record: 60-74
Last in the A.L. East
Yankees are 13-3 against the Blue Jays this season
The Yankees beat up on the Blue Jays most of this season, but that wasn’t the case this weekend in Toronto. Obviously a return to Rogers Centre is a golden opportunity to make up ground and get some easy wins, but the Yankees are going to have to take advantage when they get back to Toronto in two weeks.

GIANTS
September 20 – 22
at Yankee Stadium
Record: 59-74
Last in the N.L. West
Yankees are 7-10 in interleague play this season
It’s strange to see an interleague series this late in the year, but it’s a whole new world of season-long interleague. In this case, it’s another good opportunity for the Yankees to face a weak team down the stretch. No surprise that the Giants have been one of the lowest-scoring teams in baseball, but they’ve also been one of the worst pitching teams. A bad N.L. team at Yankee Stadium should be a legitimate opportunity to sweep.

RAYS
September 24 – 26
at Yankee Stadium
Record: 75-56
Second in the A.L. East
Yankees are 7-9 against the Rays this season
I’ve said for a while that I think the Rays are the best team in the division. Even with Jeremy Hellickson having a bad year, the Tampa Bay rotation is terrific, the bullpen throws hard, the team’s defense is terrific, and the lineup is solid with a Yankee killer in Evan Longoria. Even though it’s at home, this is a tough series sandwiched between two relatively easy matchups.

ASTROS
September 27 – 29
at Houston
Record: 44-88
Last in the A.L West.
Yankees are 2-1 against the Astros this season
If the Yankees can get within striking distance, close enough that these last three games matter, they’ll have a favorable matchup. Of course, other than the Orioles — who face the Red Sox at the end — it seems that most wild card contenders finish the season with a pretty good matchup. The Rays are in Toronto at the end, the A’s are in Seattle and the Indians are in Minnesota.

 
 

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