Saturday, September 24, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays 9/24


The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays continue their four-game set tonight with the second game of the series inside the Rogers Centre. The Yankees pulse is light and with Masahiro Tanaka missing his start on Monday with a strain in his forearm you have to think some heads are hanging a little low this morning but you can’t stop believing. The Yankees made their run this season after their best hitter and two best pitchers were traded, not before, and they can do it again with Tanaka just missing one start. They just have to believe that they can. Tonight the Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to square off with Marcus Stroman for the Jays.

Sabathia has not won a start in his last five starts including a start against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York on August 17th. Sabathia struck out 12 batters in the start but also gave up seven runs on nine hits in just six innings including a three-run home run to Melvin Upton Jr.

Stroman has not been good in the month of September if you look at his win/loss record but the Toronto Blue Jays offense has let him down more times than not in his starts. Stroman has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of those starts but has not taken a victory in any of them.

The game will be played at 4:07 pm ET inside Rogers Centre, eh, and can be seen live on WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and MLB TV. This has got to be one of the weirder four-game series I think I’ve seen in recent years. Normally you start a four-game series on a Thursday and run it through the weekend but this time around the Yankees and Jays started last night and will run through Monday before New York makes the trip back home to play host to the Boston Red Sox. I don’t care if they play one game a week for the next month just as long as they win at least three of those games and still have a pulse in the playoff hunt went the games are over.

Checking pulse, yeah the Yankees still have one. Go Yankees!

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