After taking two of three against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees will welcome the worst team in the National League to the Bronx, the Houston Astros. The Yankees have won 11 of their last 16 games while the Astros have taken eight of their last ten. Once again, I’m expecting another sweep against a Houston Astros staff that has a 4.48 ERA.

Andy, You Have Something Hanging Out Of Your Nose...AP

Here’s the tale of the tape:

OBP .291 (30th) .365 (1st) NYY
ERA 4.48 (21st) 3.83 (9th) NYY
BAA .275 (25th) .245 (6th) NYY
Fielding 0.984 (12th) 0.99 (2nd) NYY
Overall NYY

Pitching Match-Ups:

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Brett Myers (4-3, 3.01 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.47 ERA)

Last Start:
Myers: Win, 6 2/3 innings, two earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Cubs)
Pettitte: ND, 7 2/3 innings, two earned runs, ten strikeouts (at Blue Jays)

Career Stats:
Myers: 2-0, 2.37 ERA (two starts); 1-0, 3.38 ERA at Yankee Stadium
Pettitte: Has never faced the Astros. The Astros are the only team Pettitte has no career starts against. 5-1, 2.91 ERA at home in 2010.

**Myers is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA over his last four starts. Myers has thrown at least six innings in each of his twelve starts this year.

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: Wandy Rodriguez (3-8, 4.95 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (5-5, 5.63 ERA)

Last Start:
Rodriguez: Loss, seven innings, three earned runs, three strikeouts (at Rockies)
Vazquez: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, nine strikeouts (at Blue Jays)

Career Stats:
Rodriguez: 0-1, 9.00 ERA (one start); he has never pitched at Yankee Stadium.
Vazquez: 3-5, 4.41 ERA (thirteen starts); 2-1, 5.74 ERA at home in 2010.

**After striking out 193 hitters in 206 innings in 2009, Wandy Rodriguez has really struggled in 2010. He has been especially bad on the road. He is 1-4 with a 5.41 ERA.

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brian Moehler (0-2, 6.12 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (8-1, 2.71 ERA)

Last Start:
Moehler: ND, six innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (at Rockies)
Hughes: Win, six innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (at Orioles)

Career Stats:
Moehler: 3-6, 5.09 ERA (eleven starts); 1-5, 5.67 ERA at Yankee Stadium (seven starts)
Hughes: Has never faced the Houston Astros;  4-0, 2.90 ERA at home in 2010.

**Moehler has only made three starts in 2010, but he carries a 8.35 ERA as a starter!

Enjoy the series!