Friday, May 15, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals 5/15

The New York Yankees are finally leaving the Eastern Time zone, and I hate that by the way because I have to stay up later now, and are traveling to Kauffman Stadium tonight to take on the first place Kansas City Royals. Kansas City is on a dogfight with the Detroit Tigers for first place while the Yankees are hoping to hold off the suddenly charging Tampa Bay Rays in the Eastern Division of the American League. Tonight on the mound for the Yankees is Michael Pineda as he faces off with the great comeback story that is Chris Young. The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11 and MLB TV.

  • Pineda is pitching for the first time since striking out 16 Baltimore Orioles in a victory on Mother’s Day. Pineda did not walk a batter in the contest as he tied Yankees legends David Cone and David Wells for the second most strikeouts in a game in Yankees history behind just Ron Guidry and his 18 K performance. Pineda likely won’t strike out 16 tonight but if he can give the Yankees length again and another victory I don’t believe anyone would complain too loud.

  • Young is coming off a start against the Detroit Tigers in which he didn’t allow an earned runs in six innings in a victory for the Royals. Young’s only two victories have come at home inside Kauffman Stadium as the RHP has allowed just seven hits in 23 IP this season for the Royals. He’s definitely going to be a tough matchup for the Bronx Bombers tonight.

This is going to be a hard fought series on both sides and frankly I am a little worried with how New York played a couple games in Tampa. I know there are up’s and down’s over the course of a 162 game schedule and that is probably the reason why we have never seen a team go anywhere close to 162-0 but you still like your team to have the momentum and be on a hot streak when traveling on the road to face off against a good team. The team has already slayed two early season giants in the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers so hopefully they can replicate that success this weekend in Kansas City. Go Yankees!

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