This week in Yankee baseball

The second week of the season went quite a bit better for the New York Yankees than the first week did.  The team is holding its own in the standings despite its rag-tag offense. Other than Phil Hughes, the rotation had a good week with Andy Pettitte, C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda all pitching well. It was too bad that there were two postponements in Cleveland as the Yankees could have further enjoyed the soft underbelly of the Indians’ rotation. But otherwise, it was a good week, concluding with a series win against the rival Orioles. Monday is an off day so the Yankees uniform manager will not have to worry about preparing all those #42 uniform numbers (unless the team wears them on Tuesday—have not heard). And then Tuesday, open a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Stadium.

The first game of that series will feature Ivan Nova (pronounced, “Nover,” up here in Maine) versus Brandon McCarthy. Both pitchers have struggled early in this season (and Nova going back to last season). McCarthy will bring good control and a heavy sinker and is getting a lot of ground balls this season. He also features a cutter and a curve.

Then on Wednesday, C.C. Sabathia will try to gain his third straight win after two great performances last week. The Yankees will have their hands full with Wade Miley, last year’s rookie sensation for the Diamondbacks. Many predicted Miley would regress this season, but he certainly has not judging by his first two starts this season.

The series wraps up on Thursday as Phil Hughes is scheduled to start against Patrick Corbin. Corbin, another young pitcher, is off to a great start and is another pitcher with ground ball stats as his ground ball to fly ball ratio is 1.33.

While it is too bad that the Yankees will not get to see old friend, Ian Kennedy in this series, they will have their hands full with McCarthy, Miley and Corbin. Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes need to have good outings or this series could get ugly.

For the weekend, the Yankees will travel to Toronto for a three-game series. The pitching match-ups have not been announced, but the hope for the Yankees is that Andy Pettitte will be able to start on Friday after missing a turn with back spasms. The Yankees will know more after Pettitte throws a bullpen session on tomorrow.

The most likely starter for Toronto on Friday will be Brandon Morrow as he has followed R.A. Dickey thus far in the rotation and Dickey goes on Thursday for the Blue Jays. Hiroki Kuroda will most likely pitch on Saturday against Josh Johnson and then Sunday, the Yankees will probably face the struggling Josh Johnson and counter with Nova.

As for the weather, it appears that the Bronx will warm slightly this week with daytime highs in the 60s all week. There could be showers on Wednesday and Thursday, but the games should be played without a problem. And then, of course, Toronto plays in a dome, so the weather is not a factor there.