The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers are both heading in different directions heading into this series. New York just got swept in a three-game series on the road against the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles just swept a three-game series at home against a tough and pesky Toronto Blue Jays squad.
The Dodgers own the best record in the MLB at 85-44. The Yankees own the best record in the American League at 83-46.
Los Angeles has a comfortable lead on the number one spot in the National League. New York only holds a game lead for the best record in the American League over the Houston Astros.
This series will be on the west coast and this series could also potentially feature a World Series Preview, but both teams have some flaws. The New York Yankees have issues in the starting rotation and the Los Angeles Dodgers have issues in the bullpen and have to play come back ball more often than you think.
Three players to keep an eye on in this series for New York will be third baseman Gio Urshela (.336 batting average 18 home runs and 66 RBI's, along with one stolen base and a .377 on-base percentage), shortstop/second baseman Gleyber Torres (.288 batting average 31 home runs and 75 RBI's, along with four stolen bases and a .351 batting average), and outfielder Aaron Judge (.264 batting average 13 home runs and 34 RBI's, two stolen bases and a .384 on-base percentage).
Torres might be the New York Yankees best offensive player at the moment right now.
Three players to keep an eye on in this series for Los Angeles will be catcher Will Smith (.318 batting average 12 home runs and 31 RBI's, along with one stolen base and a .392 on-base percentage), outfielder Cody Bellinger (.316 batting average 42 home runs and 100 RBI's, along with 10 stolen bases and a .413 on-base percentage), and third baseman Justin Turner (.294 batting average 22 home runs and 57 RBI's, along with two stolen bases and a .378 on-base percentage).
Smith has only played in 28 games in his big league career so far, but he has the potential to be a stud at the catcher position for a long time to come.
Bellinger is trying to keep pace with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich for the National League MVP Award.
The projected pitching match up on Friday night will be: James Paxton (9-6, 4.53 ERA) for New York and Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-3, 1.64 ERA) for Los Angeles.
The projected pitching match up on Saturday afternoon will be: C.C. Sabathia (5-7, 5.01 ERA) for the Yankees and Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 3.00 ERA) for the Dodgers.
The projected pitching match up on Sunday night will be: Domingo German (16-3, 4.15 ERA) for the New York Yankees and Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 2.71 ERA) for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I think New York will bounce back this weekend and take two-out-of-three against Los Angeles.