Yanks still itching to deal

Jul 29, 2008 7:00 PM

The 3-2 Pitch by Andy Iskoe | As we go to press, rumors were swirling around regarding the supposedly pending trade of Seattle starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn to the Yankees and the possible trades of Toronto pitcher A.J. Burnett and Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo.

The Yankees are an interesting team that has battled injuries all season. First a couple of their prized young starting pitchers – Philip Hughes and Ian Kennedy (though both had struggled mightily this season). Then several of their key offensive players were sidelined, notably Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada.

Here’s a look at four key series this weekend:

Rockies at Marlins: Colorado took three of four from the Marlins when the teams met in Denver in early July. All four went over the total. The Rockies outscored Cincinnati last weekend 23-3.

Preferred plays:

• Rockies as dogs in starts by Aaron Cook or Ubaldo Jimenez.

• Marlins -125 or less (except against Cook/Jimenez) in starts by Johnson, Volstad or Ricky Nolasco.

Under 9 or higher in starts involving two of these five pitchers.

Over 9 or lower involving none of the five.

D’backs at Dodgers: Arizona has won five of eight meetings this season with six going over the total. Few pitchers have been as hot over the past two months than Arizona’s Dan Haren.

Preferred plays:

D’backs as dogs in any matchup.

• D’backs -120 or less in starts by Haren, Johnson or Brandon Webb.

• Dodgers -125 tops not facing Haren, Johnson or Webb.

• Dodgers +125 or more against any of the three.

Under 7½ or higher if Haren, Johnson or Webb oppose Derek Lowe or Chad Billingsley.

Over 7 or lower if none of these five start.

Angels at Yanks: The first meeting this season. The Yanks rate the edge on offense. The Angels’ ace, John Lackey, has struggled in his past few starts.

Preferred plays:

• Yanks -130 tops in starts by Mike Mussina, Joba Chamberlain or Andy Pettitte.

• Angels +125 or more in any matchup.

• Angels -120 or less against Darrell Rasner or Sidney Ponson.

Under 8 or higher if Mussina, Pettitte or Chamberlain oppose Lackey, Joe Saunders or Ervin Santana.

Over 9 or lower if the Angels’ Jon Garland or Jered Weaver does not face Chamberlain, Mussina or Pettitte.

Tigers at Rays: Detroit has the edge on offense. The Rays have a big edge in pitching and defense.

Preferred plays:

• Tigers as underdogs in starts by Justin Verlander or Armando Galarraga or against Tampa Bay‘s Andy Sonnanstine or Edwin Jackson.

• Rays -140 tops when not facing Verlander or Galarraga.

Under 8 or higher if Verlander or Galarraga faces Scott Kazmir, James Shields or Matt Garza.

Over 9 or lower in any matchup not involving any of these five pitchers.