Monday, April 19, 2010
Here it is. The series we've all been waiting for. Or that nobody's been waiting for. Moneyball versus money (lots of it) and the balls to spend it. Both teams come into the series having won 9 games. The home team is young. The visitors are mostly grizzled veterans who have done things that most Athletics' players have only accomplished in some manifestation of MLB 2K. Of course, the Yankees throw Javier Vazquez in the first game, a pitcher who has struggled with stuff and location (pitching generally) through his first two starts. Will this be the start that turns things around? Teixeira seems to be starting to wake up, having had two consecutive games in which he drove in runs and hit the ball hard even when recording outs. This should be a good three games, seeing as both teams are playing well right now. The Oakland series is the first of a three city road trip in which the Yankees will also play the Angels and the Os. Until that series with the Os, this will have been a surprisingly tough April. We better end the season playing Royals, Pirates, Jays, and Toms River little league.