Tonight the Yankees look to improve their 2009 record against the Red Sox to 1-7. That just sounds really bad. Anyway, I am extra confident tonight because the Yankees have their ace pitching for them. Here is the starting lineup via PeteAbe:
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
DH Hideki Matsui
CF Melky Cabrera
C Francisco Cervelli
And on the hill, Charles Carsten Sabathia
It appears Cervelli has become CC’s personal catcher. I don’t particularly like personal catchers because in the playoffs the Yanks would not start Cervelli every time CC pitched. To me it just seems like trouble waiting to happen. Still, this seems to be a Posada issue. How come most experienced, good pitchers who come to New York don’t want Posada catching them? Is it just me that notices this?
Chien-Ming Wang will get another start. This one will come against the Nationals on Wednesday, who despite the fact that they arent too good, they hit right handed pitchers fairly well (.265/.345/.417 to be exact). Wang understands he won’t just keep getting chances, “I’m getting one more chance,” he said. “I have to pitch good.” I found this interesting from Pete Abe:
The x-factor in this situation is that Mrs. Wang will have birth induced on Tuesday if she does not have the baby beforehand.
My friends in the Taiwanese media tell me that the birth of a baby is said to bring good luck in Chinese culture. For Wang’s sake, he better hope so.
Wouldn’t that be something?
Brian Bruney threw 25 pitches to Berroa and Pena. He will get a rehab assignment in Trenton on Saturday, and if all goes well he could be activated on Tuesday.