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August 4, 2006

A Well-Oiled Machine
by SG

The new-look Yankees finished off a sweep of the Blue Jays yesterday, 8-1. Cory Lidle made a successful Yankee debut, pitching six very good innings, allowing just four hits and one run.

The Yankee offense showed their strength yesterday, as they wore out Jays starter Shaun Marcum, who needed 61 pitches to get eight outs. The Yankees saw 129 pitches over the first five innings. I love what Torre did yesterday with Giambi batting fifth behind Abreu and Rodriguez. If Abreu has indeed lost his power but kept his on base ability, it makes some sense to have him batting third ahead of two guys who haven't lost any power.

The Yankees have now won four games in a row, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Only Detroit has a better record in baseball. The Yankees are on pace to finish 99-63, score 910 runs, and allow 762 runs.

It's on to Baltimore now, for a three game set with the Orioles. Here are your pitching matchups for the weekend.

Friday 8/4
R. Johnson (11-9, 5.07) vs. B. Chen (0-6, 7.07)

An exciting battle of two soft-tossing, junkballing lefties.

Saturday 8/5
M. Mussina (13-3, 3.40) vs. A. Loewen (1-3, 6.44)

A homecoming for Moose.

Sunday 8/6
J. Wright (7-6, 4.57) vs. R. López (8-11, 6.20)

Hmm, even this matchup looks like advantage Yanks.

On paper, that series looks like a sweep, but things happen on the road. I think 2 out of 3 would be fine.