August 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM #52524
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
New York Yankees (56-51) vs San Diego Padres (50-59)
Friday August 2
PETCO Park – San Diego, CA
NYY: C.C. Sabathia (L)
SD: Andrew Cashner (R)
Moneyline: New York -108, San Diego +100
Lots of news swirling around the New York Yankees these days but alas little of it is centered on the field (thank again A-Rod). The Yanks did pick up OF Alfonso Soriano to beef up their lineup but it is going to be difficult for them to try and climb over the three teams already ahead of them in the American League East. One thing they can’t afford is to lose games they shouldn’t – and this series falls squarely into that category. Even though they are on the road they have to have these to stay in the race as long as possible.
The Yankees also have to have lefty C.C. Sabathia be better. Maybe the most consistent pitcher of the last decade he has not been himself this year. It might be all the innings over the years finally catching up to him but it is hard to tell. What is easy to see is that he has become super hittable. In his past two starts he has yielded 7ER both times and for the first time in his career he is giving up more than a hit per inning. He has also already reached a career high in homers allowed with two months to go. Petco could help in that regard though.
If the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t so red hot the 7-3 San Diego has put up in their last 10 might have helped get them back in the race. This team still struggles offensively and believe it or not might lose speed threat SS Everth Cabrera to a PEDs suspension, if the rumours are true – go figure. He leads the team in steals and runs and average so you can make the case that he is the best threat the Padres have. This team is really limited and struggles to score runs.
On the mound things are a little more promising and young righty Andrew Cashner is part of the reason. This is his first full season in the big leagues and the righty is showing that he has what it takes. He hasn’t dominated but his peripherals are all solid and he has gotten real comfy in his home park with an ERA is just 2.50. He has won his last two starts and this will be his first ever time squaring off against the Yankees. Its probably best that it is not at the house that Ruth/Jeter built.
O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: San Diego 4 – New York 2
The Yankees are getting a little too much respect for my liking on Friday at San Diego. Even with Soriano these are not your Bronx Bombers and with Sabathia on the mound things are 50/50 this season. The urgency may be there but the talent isn’t there to support it. Think about hitting up the Padres on the series too.
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