Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians 8/11

The New York Yankees head into this three-game series with the Cleveland Indians coming off the worst possible scenario that could have happened for the team, a three-game sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are chasing the Yankees in the American League East Division race and are now within 1.5 games of New York leaving the Bronx Bombers with some work to do. That work begins tonight when the team sends Luis Severino to the mound for his second career start to face off against Carlos Carrasco for the Indians. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Severino is fresh off his Major League debut against the Boston Red Sox where he showed the rest of the league why he was the Yankees #1 prospect. Severino lived up to the hype throwing five innings against Boston giving up just one earned run on two hits, one of them a David Ortiz home run. Severino can’t possibly be better tonight, can he?

  • Carrasco is coming into this start fresh off two straight strong starts for the Cleveland Indians. Carrasco made a mechanical adjustment before the July 31st trading deadline and it has resulted in two consecutive nine-inning starts where he allowed just one earned run combined. A tough matchup tonight for an already slumping Yankees offense.

New York needs a sweep here, no other way around it. Toronto just isn’t losing games right now and the lead in the division is as small as it has been in a long time. The room for error is gone and the room for the offense to go scoreless in almost three straight games is over, time to put in work. Go Yankees!

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