Your first place in the (not-so) rough-and-tumble AL East New York Yankees (24-22) go for the sweep against Central division-leading Kansas City Royals (28-17). Tall man Michael Pineda faces off against even taller man Chris Young. Game time: 1:05pm
Per ESPN: New York hasn't swept the Royals at home since April 11-13, 2006.
|Kansas City Royals||New York Yankees|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||Alex Rodriguez, DH|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||Brian McCann, C|
|Alex Gordon, LF||Carlos Beltran, RF|
|Salvador Perez, C||Stephen Drew, 2B|
|Omar Infante, 2B||Slade Heathcott, CF|
|Paulo Orlando, RF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Chris Young, SP||Michael Pineda, SP|
I also spent some time digging in the archives to unearth this gem from 2013 by our William Tasker: The Kansas City Connection. Go ahead and read it, will ya? You'll learn something, or your money back. Promise.
Which, of course, leads to this fun bit of Royals-Yanks trade history to annoy your Royals-rooting friends, particularly this one:
This is one of the most lopsided trades in history.
Siebern was a good hitter, but he fell out of favor with Casey Stengel after a few fielding lapses in the 1958 World Series. He performed well for the A's for several years after this. However, Bauer was at the end of the line (he became the A's manager in 1961), Larsen went 1-10 on the hill in 1960, and Throneberry never lived up to the potential he displayed in the minors. The A's let go of their starting shortstop, DeMaestri, because they thought Ken Hamlin was ready to step in. However, Hamlin hit only .224 in 1960. Maris, on the other hand, belted 39 homers for the Yankees in 1960 and 61 more in 1961, winning the MVP Award both years.
Advantage - Yankees, by a wide margin
And for your moment of zen: