Thursday, June 30, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers 6/30


Well Yankees fans here we are again one last time in the Bronx for one last game with the Texas Rangers. To be completely and brutally honest this series has gone about the way you would have thought it would have gone thus far. When I read that Ivan Nova, who has struggled immensely lately, was starting the first game and that Cole Hamels was starting the second game I immediately went to the mindset that those two games were going to be frustrating. When I saw that it was Happy Tanaka Day yesterday I thought the Yankees would have a fighting chance at a victory and I truly believe they have another fighting chance today in the Bronx in the finale with Michael Pineda on the mound. The Rangers will counter with A.J. Griffin though who may have something to say about that.

Pineda has been improving with every start lately and has had a much better June than he had an April or May. Pineda pitched to a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in four June starts and will make his final June start this afternoon in the Bronx. In Pineda’s last start he held the Twins to one run and two hits in six innings of work while striking out eight.

Griffin heads into this afternoon’s start after lasting just 4.1 innings last time out against the Boston Red Sox. This was Griffin’s first start since coming off the disabled list with shoulder stiffness and in the start he allowed two runs while striking out six Boston Red Sox players.


The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. The Yankees head west after this game to start a weekend series with the San Diego Padres while the Texas Rangers go anywhere but here. I know I’ve said it a million times so after a million you likely won’t mind a million and one but I hate west coast games. Who in their right mind stayed up until 2:44 am to see the end of the Yankees and Rangers game on Monday? I sure didn’t, I couldn’t. On the weekends these west coast games can be afternoon games. Come on MLB schedule makers, you can do better than this. Oh well, we have to win today before we worry about tomorrow. Go Yankees!

3 comments:

  1. Maybe the Yankees do read this site after all! I answered a question of who would replace Nova's place in the rotation by throwing out Greens name. Low and behold, Green is now in the rotation.

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    1. I'll let you know Sunday afternoon if we should be thanking you or damning you for the decision. LOL

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    2. Ooops! I forgot that part of it...damn, I don't do that, well, when I was younger anyhow. I'll just blame it on old age.

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