So the Yankees take care of business on the West Coast going 6-3. Considering that they really should not have lost either of the Mariners games it was pretty decent trip.
Now they start as 10 game home stand against the Sox, Indians, and Rangers. Nothing like coming back from a West Coast trip to face your biggest rival, and the division leaders in the Central and West. The Red Sox coming into the Bronx for a 3 game set with first place on the line will add a nice element to the rivalry. There's always a little more electricity in the air when 1st place can change hands. I think the pitching matchups favor the Yankees this series, with Thursday being CC vs. Beckett. Yankees have been playing pretty consistent ball, Red Sox had to forge a couple of come from behind wins against the A's and then avoided a meltdown from Papelbon. Yankees need to put some space between themselves and the Sox.
Teixeira is red hot now with 18 HR and 41 RBI...his .258 batting average is still the reason he doesn't get my AlStar vote, but if he creeps up to the .275 range I have no problem with him getting the start over a guy hitting .300 with half the power #'s. Granderson cooled down a little on the road trip, only hitting .243. Posada's base running mistake on that double is a microcosm of his entire season, just when you think he's done something good, he doesn't something ridiculous bad. That's a little league mistake that cost the Yankees a scoring opportunity. Bench him and don't let him see the light of day except as a PH in blow outs.