Saturday, October 3, 2015

GAME ONE Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 10/3

Welcome to October baseball Yankees family and welcome to a series that is not against either the Chicago White Sox or the Boston Red Sox. A show of hands if you’re reading this and you’re happy that the Yankees and the Red Sox are done playing head-to-head in 2015? Me too. The Yankees enter their final three games of the regular season with the Wild Card locked up and a postseason game in the Bronx looming, now their biggest battle will be with Mother Nature. Today the Yankees are scheduled to send Ivan Nova to the mound in the first game of the double-header to face off against Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles. The game will be played at 12:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Nova has looked great since his return to the Yankees starting rotation and may be pitching for his position on the team and with the franchise in 2016. The Yankees have a plethora of names to fill the 2016 starting rotation and it may become a numbers game this winter, a numbers game that Nova doesn't want to lose.

  • Chen will be making his final start of the season tonight and possibly his last start in a Baltimore Orioles uniform as he looks to hit free agency on a high note. Chen has had his best Major League season at the best possible time in 2015 posting a 3.35 ERA and 150 strikeouts. Chen is likely to become too expensive for the Orioles budget this winter.

Three more games separate the teams that are planning golfing ventures and trip to Disney with their families from the teams who get the prestige and the honor to play in the postseason. It may be just a Wild Card berth and it may only be for one game but it’s an experience and it’s an accomplishment for these teams no matter the circumstances. Us as fans are spoiled, and we’re entitled to be so, but you have to keep in mind that the human beings behind the uniforms have their same rights and entitlements. Let them celebrate and let them be happy, they earned it. Just not this week. Go Yankees!


  1. Nova has looked anything but great since coming back, not sure where you are coming from on that comment?????

    1. Coming back from the bullpen. He's pitched well, much better, in his last two or three starts since Tanaka's hamstring forced him out of the rotation.

  2. Sorry Burch I politely disagree. He's got rocked

    1. That's fine, you don't even have to politely disagree Hans. I can take it and I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong.

      Ever since returning to the rotation:

      5.2 IP 1 ER 6 K 2 BB vs. TOR
      7.0 IP 4 ER 7 K 2 BB vs. BOS

      Then you have today's start where he gave up three runs, although Chasen Shreve allowed two more inherited runs when he has no business on the mound. I BELIEVE, although it's not worth it to me to look it up looking at the final tally, that at least one of those runs against Boston was allowed not by Nova as well but I won't swear to it.

      Nova hasn't dominated but he's pitched much better.

  3. Damn Daniel, I hate betting on the Yankees to lose a game, but I had to do it just to save face you rat!


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