Monday, July 25, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Houston Astros 7/25


The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros will begin a three game series inside Minute Maid Park tonight as both teams inch ever so close to the August 1st trading deadline. It seems like the Yankees and the Astros are going in different directions at this deadline as all signs point to the Yankees possibly selling off a few pieces while Houston may add a key piece here or there in an attempt to catch the Texas Rangers in the AL West Division. In this contest the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound to face off with an old and familiar foe for New York in Astros ace Dallas Keuchel.


Pineda has thrown exactly one scoreless start this season and that start came last time out. Pineda has exactly one start against the Houston Astros this season as well on the second game of the season where Houston tagged Pineda for six runs and eight hits in five innings of work. Believe it or not New York won that game thanks to the offense.


Keuchel has made exactly four career starts against the New York Yankees and he has completely owned them in those four starts. In those four starts that spanned 31 innings Keuchel has 31 strikeouts and has posted an anemic 1.45 ERA. This is going to be a long night for the Bombers.



The game will be played at 8:10 pm ET inside Minute Maid Park and can be seen live on WPIX Channel 11 and MLB TV. The Yankees need a victory, or not depending on what you want the team to do before the trading deadline, but I can't feel confident against a guy like Keuchel. He has absolutely owned the Yankees throughout his short MLB career, but that doesn't mean I'm still not rooting for my team. Go Yankees!

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