Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros 4/6

The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros continue their three game series tonight with the first game under the lights for the Bronx Bombers this regular season.The Yankees actually had a lead against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros yesterday inside Yankee Stadium before a bad throw by Dellin Betances and a little bit of controversy doomed the Yankees for their fifth straight Opening Day loss. Today New York looks to even up the score and their overall record with the second game of the season in the Bronx. New York will send Michael Pineda to the mound to face off with Collin McHugh for the Astros.

Pineda begins his third healthy season with the Yankees and looks to continue his improvement from year-to-year with New York. Pineda will have to turn it around against the Astros if he wants to continue that though, especially after going 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA in 2015. Pineda's key to success is not walking batters and striking out as many as possible, something his 7.43 BB/K ratio in 2015 shows is possible. 

McHugh quietly had a great 2015 season that was overshadowed by his teammate and AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. McHugh won 19 games last season in a career high 32 starts and 203.2 innings pitched for the Astros. If McHugh is that good for Houston again in 2016, and today in the Bronx, the Astros may go far this year. 

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Go Yankees!

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