Blue Jays @ Yankees Series PreviewPosted: May 23, 2011
The Blue Jays and Yankees have played a few times this season, so this series preview won’t be too in-depth, but will give you enough. The Jays come into this series at 23-23 and 2.5 games out of the American League East. They come in playing pretty well winning seven of their last ten, although they did just play the Astros.
The Toronto offense, led by Jose Bautista (.353/.500/.816), has been doing pretty well as a whole. They are ranked in the top five in the AL in batting average, stolen bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, wOBA, wRC+, homers, and runs scored. Of course the Yanks are ahead of them in the latter six of these categories, but it’s still impressive. It shows that they can do a lot of things in this part of the game, whether it’s run or hit bombs or anything in between. Anyway, let’s take a look at their projected starting lineup:
- Yunel Escobar, SS
- Corey Patterson, LF
- Jose Bautista, RF
- Aaron Hill, 2B
- Juan Rivera, 1B
- JP Arencibia, C
- Eric Thames, DH
- Rajai Davis, CF
- Jayson Nix, 3B
Obviously, Jose Bautista is the big guy in this order to look out for, but Eric Thames has been hitting the ball well since starting to play, and Yunel Escobar, who has taken over the lead off spot from Rajai Davis, has been hitting well lately also.
As good as the hitting is, the starting pitching has been only okay overall. They are in the bottom five in the American League in innings pitched, ERA, WHIP and BB/9, but are middle of the pack in K/9 and FIP so maybe they haven’t had the best of luck. Here are the pitching match-ups:
Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.48 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.16 ERA)
Ricky Romero (4-4, 3.10 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.06 ERA)
Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3, 4.07 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (2-4, 3.12 ERA)
You should definitely keep an eye on each of the Yankee starting pitchers as the Jays will be the first team to get a second look at Bartolo Colon. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts. Also, look out for CC and see if he can put back-to-back dominant starts together after a nice outing in Baltimore. And lastly, hopefully Garcia can get some damn run support because he has pitched a lot better that the wins and losses show.
And now the bullpen. They are overall a middle-of-the-pack-bunch as they are top two in the AL in ERA and BB/9, but are mediocre in HR/9 and FIP. They have definitely improved from years past led by Casey Janssen and Jason Frasor.
So that’s it. It should be a fun little series and one that the Yankees need to enjoy because after this, they make their first west coast trip of the season.