To much of the dismay of East Coast baseball fans, the Yankees will head out West for six night games. Starting tonight, the Yankees will play three games in Arizona against the Diamondbacks and then play three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. All three games played against the D’Backs will start at 9:40 PM or later, so make sure you take a nap before the game begins.

The Yankees went 6-3 on their nine game home stand while the D’Backs lost five of six on the road against Detroit and Boston. The 27-43 D’Backs are in last place in the NL West…

Low Five! AP

Here’s the tale of the tape:

OBP .365 (1ST) .331(14TH) NYY
HR 77 (6TH) 82 (5TH) ARZ
ERA 3.86 (9TH) 5.49 (30TH) NYM
BAA .242 (4TH) .286 (30TH) NYY
FIELDING .99 (2ND) .984 (13TH) NYY

Basically, the Diamondbacks are a crappier version of the Blue Jays. They can mash home runs, but are inept at pitching. Watch out for third baseman, Mark Reynolds (16 HRs), center fielder Chris Young (12 HRs), and young phenom right fielder, Justin Upton (11 HRs).

Pitching Match-Ups:

Monday, 10:10 PM: ESPN: AJ Burnett (6-5, 4.33 ERA) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (2-6, 4.70 ERA)

Last Start:
Burnett: Loss, 3 1/3 innings, six earned runs, three strikeouts (vs. Philadelphia)
Lopez: Loss, seven innings, four earned runs, three strikeouts (at Boston)

Career Stats:
Burnett: 3-2, 3.67 ERA (five starts); 2-1, 5.19 ERA (three starts at Bank One Ballpark)
Lopez: 8-8, 5.96 ERA (24 starts); 1-4 at home this season.

**Lopez has not won a game since May 15th. He has given up 11 earned runs over his last two starts.

Tuesday, 10:10 PM, YES: Andy Pettitte (8-2, 2.47 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (7-5, 4.71 ERA)

Last Start:
Pettitte: Loss, seven innings, three earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. Philadelphia)
Haren: Loss, 5 2/3 innings, four earned runs, four strikeouts (at Boston)

Career Stats:
Pettitte: 2-5, 4.24 ERA (six starts); 1-2, 3.38 ERA (three starts at Bank One Ballpark)
Haren: 4-0, 3.77 ERA (seven starts); 5-2 at home this year

**Haren is 5-2 with a 4.88 ERA at home this year.

Wednesday, 10:10 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (6-6, 5.01 ERA) vs. Dontrelle Willis (2-2, 4.78 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Loss, seven innings, one earned run, four strikeouts (vs. New York Mets)
Willis: ND, five innings, five earned runs, four strikeouts (at Detroit)

Career Stats:
Vazquez: 5-3, 3.74 ERA (14 starts)
Willis: 0-1, 2.25 (1 start)

**Since landing with Arizona, Willis is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts.

Enjoy the series!