Yankees: It seems as if the entire lineup is hitting these days as the entire lineup is batting a robust .289 / .372 / .480 with 21 home runs and averaging 5.6 runs per game in the month of June. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are tied with Jose Bautista for the AL lead in home runs with 21 each. The hottest Yankee right now, however, might come as a surprise as Brett Gardner is posting a ridiculous .425 / .489 / .600 for the month (thanks to a crazy high BABIP of .486). Likewise, once-cold Jorge Posada is also having a strong June with an eerie similar line as Gardner: .415 / .432 / .512 (and an identical BABIP of .486).
Cubs: Starlin Castro is fresh of a perfect day at the plate, reaching base in all five plate appearances yesterday and Kosuke Fukudome was a double shy of the cycle. I’m not going to sugar coat it and make Yankee fans nervous. The Cubs are not good, but at least those guys are fun to watch at the top. –Joe Aiello
Yankees: The Yankee backstops. Russell Martin, who has been better than Yanks fans could have hoped, has been struggling with injuries the last week or two, forcing manager Joe Girardi to give Francisco Cervelli more playing time than he rightly deserves, much to the chagrin of Brien Jackson. Martin has played in only six games this month and hasn’t been effective even when playing. A DL stint is not out of the question. Speaking of which, Derek Jeter’s chase to 3,000 hits remains on hold as he recovers from a Grade 1 calf strain.
Cubs: Geovany Soto is hitting just .182 in the month of June. Unfortunately for the Cubs, there really are no other options behind the plate. Koyie Hill is the backup and couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag and the minor leagues have yet to show they can produce at this position. -Joe Aiello
Yankees: The Yanks pitching staff has taken a few hits lately as rotation savior (yeah, I said it) Bartolo Colon is on the DL and Ivan Nova has been varying degrees of erratic and mediocre. However, that’s not an issue as the Yanks will be able to trot out CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Freddy Garcia. Coming off an impressive sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Yanks are feeling good and ready to invade friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
Cubs: Mike Quade and Jim Hendry was recently given the vote of confidence. Do with that what you will, but if I’m Jim Hendry, I’m making an appointment to spend some quality time with Brian Cashman this series to get to know each other a little better. -Joe Aiello
Yankees: The Yanks are rolling right now, having won six of their last seven, and get to face off against Doug Davis (0-5), Ryan Dempster (5-5) and Randy Wells (0-1). For the Yanks, winning two of these three is almost expected. Anything less would be a disappointment.
Cubs: I think a sweep is pretty obvious so I’m going to go out of a limb and predict something wild. I’m going to go with the prediction that the Cubs and Yankees will complete some sort of trade either during the series or within a week after. I have no idea who would be traded, but that’s my prediction. -Joe Aiello