The Yankees ride into Seattle with a two game lead in the AL East. Will they still top Baseball’s toughest division come the All-Star break? Al Dannity likes their chances.
Time to move up a gear It’s July yet dark clouds loom over Seattle. A storm is coming, one that always hits MLB betting this time of year. It can only mean one thing; the Yankees are coming. To say the Bronx Bombers tend to play better in the second half of the season is the mother of all understatements. This is a team which has paced itself consistently for well over a decade now. While New York enters this series holding the best record in Baseball, we can only expect the Yankees to raise the tempo from here on out. With Tampa Bay and Boston still in touching distance, the Yankees will have plenty of motivation to push even harder in the second half of the season. This trip to Seattle will be a good indication of what to expect after the All-Star break.
Sad time to be a Mariners fan With the All-Star break edging closer, Seattle fans know for certain that it’s not going to be their year. With a 34-50 record there is only one possible course of action for the Mariners; trade their way into a better situation for 2011. That means things will get worse, possibly a lot worse, before they get better in Seattle.
This series with the Yankees will be anything but a heroic last stand for the 2010 edition of the Mariners. Honestly I don’t see a pitching match-up this weekend where I like the Mariners to have the edge. Throw in New York’s dominant offense and you have the recipe for a sweep. Back the Yankees in all four games.
Look to the NL West for drama If you want a closer series this weekend then look no further than the NL West battle between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres. The Padres lead the Rockies by just half a game going into this three game set in Denver. With Ubaldo Jimenez in action against St Louis tonight, the Rockies will be without their biggest weapon for this series. I like the Padres to play well on the road and just about maintain its lead in the division heading into the All Star break.
Elsewhere in the division the Dodgers will look to make the most of their home stand with the Cubs and catch San Diego. San Francisco will fancy its chances of making up some ground on its trip to Washington. They will need to overcome a certain Mr Strasburg in the process.