Thursday, May 14, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays 5/14

For the final time this week, and hopefully for a while, the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays face off head to head inside Tropicana Field. The Yankees have pitched well this series and have hit the ball well for the most part and will look for yet another victory tonight before continuing their road trip in Kansas City tomorrow night. The team does have a getaway game tonight of sorts though that will showcase Chase Whitley on the mound for the Yankees and Erasmo Ramirez for the Rays. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on MLB Network, WPIX Channel 11 and of course MLB TV.

  • Whitley is facing the Rays for the second time already this season after making his season debut against them on April 28 in the Bronx. Whitley went five innings allowing just one run and six hits in that game picking up his first victory of the season, something that hopefully repeats itself tonight inside Tropicana Field.

  • Ramirez is stepping out of the Rays bullpen and into the Rays rotation once again with the injury to Drew Smyly and will once again face off with the New York Yankees. In relief Ramirez allowed just two runs in his last five appearances, a two-run home run by Mark Teixeira on Monday, and has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, in 7.1 IP as a starter this season.

I’m not sure I am a fan of seeing your division rivals so many times during the first month or two of the regular season. I want these games in September so you can have exciting pennant chases and less scoreboard watching. I hate watching two or three games at one time you know what I mean? Anyway it’s not a big deal I guess as long as the Yankees keep winning the games the end result ends up being the same. Go Yankees!

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