Friday, June 19, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers 6/19

The New York Yankees will stay home tonight for the third game of their eight game home stand to play host to Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers. New York is fresh off a tough series with the Miami Marlins and look to start a winning streak tonight in the Bronx. On the mound for New York will be Adam Warren who may be making his final start of the season for the Yankees while Detroit sends Alfredo Simon to the mound to oppose him. Simon was the official starter before the Tigers game was rained out and at the time of this writing but Justin Verlander could make the start for Detroit. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV.

  • Warren looks to be headed to the bullpen after this start as the Yankees intend to activate Ivan Nova off the 60 day DL after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The move is not set in stone as the team could keep Warren in the rotation, a spot he earned, and move Nathan Eovaldi or CC Sabathia to the pen but those scenarios seem unlikely with Warren’s experience in the pen.

  • Simon has pitched well this season after coming over from the Cincinnati Reds due in large part to the change in his home park. Comerica Park does not yield a ton of home runs where the Great American Ball Park did. Simon will need his changeup, splitter and fastball to all be working tonight in the Bronx to keep from giving up more long balls inside Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees will push Masahiro Tanaka back a day and he will pitch Sunday instead of his normal day tomorrow in the Bronx. In his place will be Nathan Eovaldi who should be fresh after not getting out of the first inning in his last start against the Marlins. New York has played well against the better teams in the league this season so I fully expect to this to be an extremely competitive and well played series by both teams. Go Yankees!

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