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First Pitch: Is 7th Heaven next?

The Yankees just dismantled a team that was supposed to be one of the best in baseball. They took four-straight from the Blue Jays and Toronto is off to an ugly start. They are not who we thought they would be -- at least, so far.

Next up for the Yankees are the Astros, who are supposed to be one of the worst teams in baseball. Sadly for Houston, they are living up to expectations. They are 7-18, which may even better than expected.

With that said, the Yankees are looking at the chance to win seven straight. If they were able to do that, then, after May 1, they would be 18-9.

If Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are able to comeback soon, the castoff Yankees would be holding down the fort pretty well.

UP NOW: My column on the unbelievable Yankee start and how Mariano Rivera keeps finishes. His nine saves are the most he has ever had in April. Plus, Kevin Youkilis is heading for an MRI.

ON DECK: The Yankees face the terrible Houston Astros the next three nights at the stadium. On Monday, Andy Pettitte (3-1, 2.22) faces his old team. Pettitte will be opposed by Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.08). On Tuesday, it is Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.279) vs. Phillip Humber (0-5, 7.99 ERA). On Wednesday, David Phelps (1-1, 5.29) vs. Erik Bedard (0-2, 7.98).

IN THE HOLE: The great Wallace Matthews will be out at the Stadium to chronicle all the action against Houston. The clubhouse opens at 3:20 p.m.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Are the Astros the worst team in baseball?