The Yankees (28-19, 12-6 home) just took two of three against the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins. Both AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte turned in great performances for the Yankees in both of their wins. Hopefully, the Yankees will bring that success home as they host the Cleveland Indians (17-28, 9-14 road) for four games. Here’s your preview for the weekend…

Yeah, Baby! AP Photo/Andy King

The Yankees went 5-3 against the Indians last year, including a split of their first home series ever at Yankee Stadium. In that series, the Indians relied upon strong pitching performances from Cliff Lee and Fausto Carmona. Lee is now pitching for the Mariners and Carmona was aided by a 22-run offensive outburst off of Chien-Ming Wang. However, that vaunted 22-run offense only has two holdovers on this year’s team, infielder Jhonny Peralta and outfielder, Shin Soo Choo.

The Indians have lost eight of their last ten games and currently sit in last place in the Central division. I’m expecting a sweep, but three out of four wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Here’s the tale of the tape.

(BAA=batting average against)

Indians Yankees
OBP .330 (18th) .361 (1st)
ERA 4.46 (22nd) 3.80 (7th)
BAA .274 (27th) .249 (8th)

Pitching Match-Ups

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72 ERA)

Last Start:
Carmona: Loss, six innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Reds)
Hughes: Loss, 5 2/3 innings, four earned runs, seven strikeouts (at Mets)

Career Stats:
Carmona: 1-2, 5.71 ERA (five starts); 1-0, 4.50 ERA at Yankee Stadium
Hughes: 1-0 4.06 ERA (two starts); 2-0, 3.17 ERA at Yankee Stadium in 2010

**Carmona is 3-0 with a 2.16 in all four road starts this season.

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: David Huff (2-6, 5.25 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.86 ERA)

Last Start:
Huff: Win, six innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Reds)
Sabathia: Loss, five innings, five earned runs, six strikeouts (at Mets)

Career Stats:
Huff: Has Never Faced the Yankees
Sabathia: 1-0, 2.84 ERA (two starts); 2-0, 1.29 ERA at Yankee Stadium in 2010

**Huff is 0-5 with a 5.90 ERA on the road this season

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Justin Masterson (0-5, 6.13 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (5-2, 3.55 ERA)

Last Start:
Masterson: Loss, four innings, five earned runs, no strikeouts (vs. White Sox)
Burnett: Win, five innings, no runs, five strikeouts (at Twins)

Career Stats:
Masterson: 1-2, 3.68 ERA (five appearances); 0-2, 3.68 ERA at Yankee Stadium
Burnett: 1-4, 6.69 ERA (six starts); 2-1, 2.57 ERA at Yankee Stadium in 2010

**Masterson has been with the Indians since last summer. He has a 1-12 record.

Monday, 1:05 PM, YES: Mitch Talbot (6-3, 3.73 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (6-1, 2.62 ERA)

Last Start:
Talbot: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. White Sox)
Pettitte: Win, eight innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts (at Twins)

Career Stats:
Talbot: Has Never Faced the Yankees
Pettitte: 7-8, 4.41 ERA (19 starts); 4-1, 3.25 ERA at Yankee Stadium in 2010.

**Talbot is 3-1 on the road this season with a 2.88 ERA.

Side Notes:

Curtis Granderson will be activated today and inserted back into center field. The Yankees desperately need some left-handed power. It’ll be interesting to see where Granderson bats against right-handed pitching.

The Yankees never hit pitchers they haven’t seen before. They proved that last Friday night against the Mets when Takahashi shut out the Yankees for six innings. However, these Cleveland pitchers don’t have great track records. Let’s hope they have success early and often this Memorial Day Weekend.

Enjoy it.