After the great heroics of A-Rod and Melky in the ninth inning today to win against the reigning world champs. I decided to look down the road and see what the Yanks are looking at schedule wise.
Sunday: CC Sabathia V. Philadelphia (Cole Hamels)
25, 26, 27@ Texas(25-17)
29, 30, 31, June 1 @ Cleveland (17-27)
2, 3, 4 V. Texas (25-17)
5,6,7,8 V Tampa Bay (23-22)
9, 10, 11 @ Boston (25-18)
12, 13, 14 V. Mets (23-19)
In other words, one more game against the reigning champs, 6 games against the AL West leading Rangers, 3 games against cellar dweller Cleveland, 7 against division rivals, and 3 against our foes a few subway stations down. This span of games will give us an interesting look at what our team can do.
Texas has a killer offense. That will test our rotation incredibly. We need to see AJ keep himself composed, pitch 7+ innings, and get out of any tough situations he faces. He needs to limit baserunners, as there are multiple long ball threats in the Rangers' lineup.
We need to sweep Cleveland. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. They are a bad team through and through and easy to beat, 3 wins there will give us some momentum as we go into another series with Texas.
Tampa hasn't come out of the gate strong, but they are still a phenomenally talented team. We need to knock around playoff hero and new call-up, David Price. We also need to keep Longoria in check. If that means walking him, then do it, he is a scary threat with the bat.
We've got to win 2 of 3 against Boston. The key: Wear out the bullpen. If we can get to the Boston bullpen by the 6th of the first game we can start to wear them out. The Yanks have a thing for heroics (especially Melky), and if we can get to the end of the bullpen, we can beat them.
Mets. Mets fans just annoy everyone. Who wants to listen to them breag about how they are the "best team in New York." Nobody does. Really, this is a series for bragging rights, and I sure want 'em.