Friday, June 20, 2008

The Road Ahead – Capsules for 6/20-6/22 Series vs. Cincinnati

The Road Ahead – Capsules for 6/20-6/22 Series vs. CincinnatiCincinnati Reds (33-41) vs. New York Yankees (40-33)

Tonight, the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds square off for the first time in 32 years. Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan’s “Big Red Machine” swept the 1976 World Series but those legends have long since retired. This Reds edition enters the Bronx having lost five straight games.

Fri, June 20, 7:05pm
  • RHP Edison Volquez (9-2, 1.64) vs. RHP Mike Mussina (10-4, 3.87)
Sat, June 21, 1:05pm
  • RHP Daryl Thompson (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Dan Giese (1-1, 1.23)
Sun, June 22, 7:05pm
  • RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 5.19) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (7-5, 4.29)
For the Yankees: New York is a season-best seven games above .500 and have a 20-8 record since May 20. Interleague play has treated them much better this year. The Yankees are coming off consecutive three-game sweeps of NL teams -- Houston and San Diego ... Tonight’s starter, Mike Mussina, is unbeaten in his last five starts and is tied for the AL lead in victories. Since a shaky start to the season, he has gone 9-1 with a 3.25 ERA in his last 11 outings with just eight walks in 61 innings … Alex Rodriguez (.335) is currently tied with Minnesota’s Joe Mauer for tops in American League in batting average. Johnny Damon (.331) is third … Jason Giambi (17) is tied for second in home runs.

For the Reds: Cincinnati is coming off a 2-7 homestand during which they scored just 21 runs and hit .188, including 6-for-57 (.105) with runners in scoring position … Tonight’s starter, Edison Volquez is the National League’s leader in strikeouts (105) and ERA (1.64). His last time out against Boston, Volquez went seven strong. He struck out nine and allowed just two earned runs. He's 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in seven road starts … OF Jay Bruce (.318, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs) has cooled considerably since his torrid first two weeks in the bigs. He has not has a multi-hit game since June 7th and has struck out seven times in his last three games … Depending if Ken Griffey Jr. is dealt (and where to), this could be the final series in the Bronx for the slugger. Twenty-one of his 600 career home runs have come at Yankee Stadium, the most recent being in 1999 during his final season with Seattle. He's a career .303 hitter in 60 games there, including playoffs.

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