Dodgers Welcome Yankees Into Town

dodger_stadium_blimpshot_april-7-2013This is a sponsored post from our friends at TiqIQ.

Following a dramatic victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in eleven innings on a Yasiel Puig homer, the Dodgers return to action on Tuesday with two home games against the New York Yankees. Following the Yankees series, the club will embark on an eight-game road trip to the Midwest to play the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

The Yankees will enter the game fresh off an extra-inning win themselves over the Tampa Bay Rays sparked by newcomer Alfonso Soriano. The Yankees visit to town on Tuesday marks the beginning of a long road trip out on the West Coast as the team has a one week, three city, eight-game road swing the Yankees will hope that the win on Sunday is a sign of good things to come as the team has struggled after the All-Star Break, currently sporting a 4-6 record in ten games since the break. With heated rival and division foe Boston also winning on Sunday, the Yankees remain 7.5 games back in the A.L. East. Meanwhile

The Tuesday matchup with the Yankees will mark the third time these two teams have played each other this season. In June the Dodgers visited Yankee Stadium for the first time since the 1981 World Series and despite the first game being rained out, the teams managed to play a doubleheader the next day and split the twin bill. Of course this Yankee team is not the same one as it was a month ago as captain Derek Jeter has returned from injury, and a trade for former Cubs’ outfielder Alfonso Soriano presents a much more formidable opponent to face the Dodgers. Prior to joining the team, Soriano had hit more home runs in the month of July than the entire Yankees’ roster. The Yankees’ woes at the plate have presented some problems for the second half squad, but even more so the schedule has been brutal. With trips already made to Boston and Texas before returning home to face the aforementioned Rays, the Yankees have faced three consecutive potential playoff teams. The Dodgers will offer no reprieve as they currently sit atop the N.L. West with a 55-48 record.

Unlike the Yankees, the second half has proven quite friendly to the Dodgers who unleashed a torrid six-game win streak immediately after the break and have won eight of nine games overall. The team entered the break with a meager 48-47 record but their bats have emerged to start the second half. In a three-game series in Toronto, the Dodgers scored 32 runs on an astonishing 45 hits. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has paced the offense and the team leader in batting average (.302), home runs (15), RBIs (65), OBP (.356), and hits (114). Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Matt Kemp is back on the DL for the third time this season after injuring his ankle following a slide into home plate last week. While he has cooled down slightly, rookie Puig has continued to bat with some success and is hitting .372 with ten home runs and 23 RBIs.

Tuesday’s game will likely feature a matchup between lefty Andy Pettitte and right-handed Zack Greinke. Pettitte enters the game with a 7-8 record and a 4.39 ERA while Greinke sports an impressive 8-3 record with a 3.49 ERA. The Dodgers are performing substantially better against right-handed pitchers this year with a 38-30 record than against left-handed pitchers, 17-18. The Dodgers have been more aggressive on first pitches and the lineup appears to be more comfortably suited for righties. The Yankees on the other hand have done better against lefties than righties, indicating that both teams are going to have to adapt to the style of Pettitte and Greinke, two of the best pitchers in the game.

Game two on Wednesday pits righty Hiroki Kuroda from the Yankees up against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. The Yankees will face a tough task cracking Kershaw, who has been on a tear this season with a 10-6 record and a slim 1.96 ERA. Kershaw’s strength lies in his low home run rate and his ability to strike people out on a consistent basis. Perhaps some of Kershaw’s great season is due to his meager .233 BABIP, which rests well below his career average of 2.69, but there is no doubt that Kershaw has shown great command of his pitches so far this year.

Kuroda has already faced the Dodgers once this year, as he was the winning pitcher in the first matchup of the season. Kuroda gave up two runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings in his on June 19th. Kuroda has an identical to Kershaw with a 10-6 record but has been responsible for more runs but still has a respectable 2.51 ERA.

Tickets remain available for both games. While Los Angeles Dodgers tickets so far this season have gone for an average of $65 in Dodgers’ home games, the Yankees coming to town is commanding an impressive $145 series average. For Tuesday’s opener tickets are going for an average of $150, while some tickets are selling as low as $32. For the series and season finale on Wednesday, tickets are going for an average of $141 with a get-in price of $29. The increase in price might best be explained by the Yankees’ road average for tickets, which has been around a relatively expensive $123. This is the most expensive series in Los Angeles over the past three seasons.

140 comments
KMT59
KMT59

VietnameseIceCream @VNDtoLAD 35s

I'm quickly scribbling a post re: Brian Wilson. Will publish soon for my fans

KMT59
KMT59

funny twitter exchange Mike

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

Should they not sign Brian Wilson because he's not good or because he's Brian Wilson?

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

I clicked each link 30 times Mike, I expect 10% of revenue

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I guess I'm going to have to post this tonight. I wonder if TiqIQ will be pissed.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Time to guess what tomorrow's post will be, since Mike said we won't like it.

"Dodgers should trade for Papelbon"?

KMT59
KMT59

1 leader down (cards)... 1 to go...come on Roxs

DBrim
DBrim moderator

The Biogenesis stuff sure seems to be accelerating. Just announce the suspensions already.

Lobo
Lobo

John, did you say you were a fan of Key and Peele?

MotoMikey
MotoMikey

I dont even have a team to cheer AGAINST tonight, time to play skyrim

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

I think it's hilarious that the TicIq window shows the avg. price for the Yankees games going for ~$40 each, and the first game of the Rays series (which will probably be a much better series, you know, being the two hottest teams in baseball right now) for $3.

Lobo
Lobo

@Mike Petriello Eh, just wait til tomorrow.  We'd rather have something new to read at work than right now

KMT59
KMT59

6.5 back now

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim yeah, i wish it would just get over with .. though i know it will drag out. seems like MLB is much better off not overplaying their hand with these lifetime bans, 

whatever, i just want to watch baseball

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

@DBrim Yankees fans are hoping A Rod gets a lifetime ban. I'm betting Angels fans feel the same about Pujols

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

@Lobo No, I've barely seen any of that show, but what I've seen I have disliked.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat  @DBrim I am all for baseball protecting its rules... within the rights of the CBA. If they step beyond it, then I'll have issues.

Lobo
Lobo

@ JohnM @Lobo Oh, well nevermind then.  Key was the most recent fourth player on Whose Line and I thought you said you liked them.  May have been thinking of that British comedy duo you've posted here before

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim @Disgruntled Goat  i've been all over this too many times as a cycling fan. i want the rules enforced, sure, but mainly i just don't want the distractions of the scandals. 

Lobo
Lobo

@ JohnM @Lobo Yeah, she's not as good as I would like but I don't hate her or anything.  Good thing Colin, Ryan, and Wayne are still funny as hell

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

@Lobo @ JohnM He was pretty good in that episode. That new host is really annoying. I feel bad when the crowd doesn't laugh at her jokes.