Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Before we get into baseball, I wanted take some time time out to thank all of the service men and women for going overseas to fight for our country, even if it meant giving the ultimate sacrifice. It’s because of their courage and bravery that we have our freedom today.
The New York Yankees just finished a split in their week in Chicago (taking one of the two games against the Cubs and two of the four games against the White Sox) and now they’re taking their talents down to Missouri where they’re going to face the St. Louis Cardinals. This would have been an awesome series to see Carlos Beltran face the team that he went to the World Series with last year, but unfortunately Beltran is injured and he won’t be available for this series.
The Yankees will face Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller, so I guess you could say they dodged a bullet by not having to face Adam Wainwright. Still, the three Cardinals pitchers are tough since they all have ERA’s under 3.60, and there has been buzz around Wacha and Miller about just how good they’ve been. Of course, since we’re in a National League ballpark, the Yankees pitchers will have to hit–which should be no problem for Chase Whitley, considering he has some hitting experience (he did get a hit against the Mets after all).
Tuesday’s game should be pretty special for David Phelps, considering he grew up in St. Louis and will pitch his first game as a member of the Yankees in his hometown. In the meantime, Whitley gets the ball this afternoon as the Yankees go for their third straight win. I’ll have the pitching matchup post up a little later in the day, but in the meantime, think of these three games as games the Yankees have to win if they want to stay afloat in the AL East (they’re doing a pretty good job at keeping pace so far, believe it or not).