Reds take on Yankees this weekend

Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds will be in the Bronx for the first of a three game series against the New York Yankees. For the two teams who have met three times in the World Series, this will be the first time they have met since 2012 , when the Reds took 2 of 3 games in a regular season series. This time around, both teams are contending with injuries, the Reds in their batting line-up (sluggers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips are out) and the Yankees in their starting rotation (they’ve got four starters unavailable).

Thus far this year, it’s the Reds who have been playing better baseball. They’re only 1½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central division and have a record of 51–44. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 47–47 and in third place in the AL East. Tonight, both teams will start right handers, with Cincy’s Mike Leake going up against the Yanks’ David Phelps. The game starts at 7:05 and can be watched on the YES TV Network and heard on WCBS 880 AM if you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium.

For Saturday’s game, the Reds’ Alfredo Simon will be on the mound against Brandon McCarthy. Sunday, Cincy fireballer Johnny Cueto will face Hiroki Kuroda. Both of those games are at 1:05pm.

Tribe in town to take on Yankees

Tonight, the Cleveland Indians will begin a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Heading into the series, the teams are very evenly matched: both teams have won only three of their last ten games, and their records are nearly identical, with the Tribe at 30-26 and the Bronx Bombers at 31-25. The Indians are only half a game out of first in the AL Central Division, while the Yanks are tied for third in the AL East, but only three games back. Though the Yankees have bested the Indians three of the the four times they’ve already met this season, the match-up looks to be close and exciting.

Starting tonight for the Indians will be Justin Masterson, who was on the mound for the Indians’ one victory over the Yankees this year. He will face Yankee veteran Andy Pettitte, who is pitching for the first time since May 16 after he went on the disabled list with an injured left trapezius muscle. Tuesday night lefthanded fireballer Scott Kazmir will represent the Tribe against the Yankees’ David Phelps, and Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber will face former Indian CC Sabathia.

Tickets are still available via the Yankees website and other means. If you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium, each game can be watched on the Yes Network and heard on WCBS 880 or WADO 1280, while tonight’s game will also be broadcast on ESPN.

Indians vs. Yankees This Week

Growing up watching baseball in Cleveland, you are taught to hate the New York Yankees, which seems apropos given that the expensive, World Series–winning team has always been the antithesis to the scrappy Cleveland Indians. Nonetheless, needing a team to root for in the post-season, I had a hard time resisting the charisma of players like Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, and Bucky Dent.

Anyway, things haven’t changed much since my family moved from Cleveland in 1984. The Indians still haven’t won a World Series, while the Yankees have won another five championships. The Yanks are currently in first place in the AL East, but the Indians aren’t doing too shabby, just half a game behind the White Sox in the AL Central Division. Tonight, the two teams meet for the first time this season, playing the first of three games at Yankee Stadium. Pitching for the Tribe will be Josh Tomlin, who is 3-4 with an ERA of 5.12 this season. He will face off against Hiroki Kuroda, who is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.57. The Yankees are coming off winning two of three games in their subway series against the Mets, while the Indians lost their last two games against the Astros. The game begins at 7:05pm. As of press time, there were plenty of cheap seats available on Stubhub, with bleacher tickets at around $10. If you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium, the game can be watched on ESPN2 and heard on WCBS 880 AM radio.