Friday, September 23, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays 9/23

You know what Yankees fans? Stand up! The math and the standings still say that the New York Yankees are still in this so dammit we’re still in this. Is it unlikely? Sure. Is it going to happen? Probably not. But will we go down fighting? We damn well better. That fight starts and continues tonight as the New York Yankees make the trip to the Rogers Centre tonight to take on their AL East rivals the Toronto Blue Jays. In the first of the four-game set this week and into the weekend the New York Yankees will send Bryan Mitchell to the mound looking to inch and claw the team that much closer to the postseason while the Blue Jays look to put the nail in the Yankees coffin by sending Francisco Liriano to the mound to oppose Mitchell. This one should be fun and it’s the biggest series of the season to date.

Mitchell will be making his fourth start of the season after missing much of the year with a toe injury suffered in spring training and thus far his results have been in a mixed bag. Mitchell looked downright filthy in his first start but some fatigue and general effectiveness problems have arose since, not that he hasn’t pitched well enough to win in some of these starts.

Liriano has essentially taken the spot of RA Dickey in the Blue Jays rotation after allowing just four runs in his last 12.1 innings pitched. Meanwhile Dickey has been on a slide as he may or may not be inching towards retirement and has especially struggled against the Yankees, especially this season.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Rogers Centre, eh, and can be seen live on the YES Network, ESPN 2 and MLB TV. We cannot expect the Yankees to believe if we, the fans, do not believe so we need to start believing. Turn on some Journey, do what you have to do. Just keep rooting until the math tells us not to anymore. It’s the Yankee (fan) way. Go Yankees!

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