Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers 6/28

The New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers continue their four game set this evening in the Bronx with another great, yet tough, pitching matchup. Tonight the Yankees will watch as CC Sabathia tests out his ankles after rolling them not once but twice in his last start while the Texas Rangers counter with their ace and stud Cole Hamels. I’m never confident against Hamels no matter what uniform he’s wearing and I’m especially not betting the house against him when he’s wearing the uniform of the hottest and the best team in the American League this season. This could be a tough matchup for the Yankees tonight and a frustrating night for the fans.

Sabathia left his last start after rolling his ankle on two separate occasions but all signs point to Sabathia being healthy and ready for the start tonight in the Bronx. This is a good sign for New York as Sabathia had posted an anemic 0.82 ERA in his seven starts before the injury-riddled and bad start he had last time out against the Twins.

Hamels heads into his final start of the month not ready for the calendar to change from June to July. In five June starts Hamels has posted a 3-0 record with a 1.82 ERA and has posted a quality start in seven of his last eight outings. Hamels has not pitched exceptionally well in his career against the Yankees though posting a career 0-2 record and 4.50 ERA in three regular season starts against them.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. As we inch closer to the All-Star Game, I believe today is the last day to vote by the way so if you haven’t be sure to get your votes in now, and as we inch closer to the August 1st trade deadline it’s game like tonight that will define these Yankees. If they come out tough against a tough team and an even tougher pitcher then you can get behind buying a player or two at the trade deadline to push for a Wild Card but if they come out flat or uninterested you almost concede the season and wish for a fire sale. Don’t you? Or maybe it’s just me. Eternal optimist. Go Yankees!

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