MLB podcast with Jessica Kwong: Yankees are picked to win division; Dusty says Astros pitching staff won’t be ready week one; plus more

New York Yankee slugger Aaron Judge gives thanks to the almighty after connecting against the New York Mets on Sunday July 19th. Judge hit two home runs in Tuesday’s exhibition game. (AP photo)

On the MLB podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica you had a chance to take a look at the New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and most predict that the Yankees could win the division in this abbreviated 60 game season. What was impressive about his delivery from you’ve seen of him throwing against the Mets last week.

#2 The Yankees Aaron Judge in pre season action hit two big flies he is expected to provide some power for the Yankees and some run production.

#3 Masahiro Tanaka the Yankees pitcher who took one on the head from a comebacker  is still recovering from the concussion he sustained on July 4th.

#4 Houston Astro manager Dusty Baker said that a number of his pitchers will not be available during the first part of the season, Joe Smith won’t be available and his status is undefined, Brad Peacock and Roberto Osuna will not be ready on time, reliever Austin Pruitt is reported recovery from an injury. The bullpen has to solidify as there are concerns with the Astro pitching staff.

#5 Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin said that A’s starter Sean Manaea should be ready to go in Anaheim on Saturday night. On Monday Melvin said that Manaea struggled in the first couple of innings against the Giants but settled down getting hitters to swing and miss.

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