The good news? The New York Yankees are leaving Arizona, where they simply did not play well but still managed to win two out of three. The bad news? Let the Joe Torre questions begin! The Yankees travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in a three-game series.

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Here’s the tale of the tape:

  NYY LAD ADVANTAGE
OBP .361 (1ST) .333 (12TH) NYY
HR 80 (6TH) 54 (23RD) NYY
ERA 3.90 (10TH) 4.12 (16TH) NYY
BAA 1.261 (4TH) 1.344 (15TH) NYY
FIELDING .990 (2ND) .980 (25TH) NYY
OVERALL  

NYY

The Dodgers are not a bad team (38-33), but the rest of the division has gotten much better, as the Dodgers are currently tied for third in the NL West and 3.5 games behind the surging San Diego Padres. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 45-27 and have the best record in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays are 2 games back and the Boston Red Sox are 2.5 games behind the Yankees for the lead in the AL East.

Pitching Match-Ups:

Friday, 10:10 PM, YES: CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.68 ERA) vs. Vicente Padilla (1-1, 6.67 ERA)

Last Start: Sabathia: W, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB vs. Mets
Padilla: ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 HR @ Red Sox

Saturday, 7:10 PM, FOX: A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.83 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 3.06 ERA)

Last Start: Burnett: L, 4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 HR, 4 K, 2 BB @ Diamondbacks
Kuroda: L, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 9 K, 1 BB @ Red Sox

Sunday, 8:00 PM, ESPN: Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24 ERA)

Last Start: Pettitte: W, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 2 BB @ Diamondbacks
Kershaw: L, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 6 K, 3 BB @ Angels

Key Batters in the Series:

Prediction: I think the Yankees will take two out of three, including the Sunday night game on ESPN, much to the dismay of Joe Morgan.

Enjoy the series!