Friday, June 23, 2017

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers 6/23

Ask anyone in the Yankees clubhouse and if they don’t give you the politically correct answer I bet they would say they are happy to no longer see the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. What a pesky little crew those guys have been over the past two weeks, kudos to them. Tonight begins another series with another team though as the New York Yankees welcome the Texas Rangers to town for a three-game weekend set in the Bronx. In the opener the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to square off with the Rangers ace Yu Darvish. This should be fun and potentially extremely frustrating for obvious reasons, but mostly fun I hope.

Tanaka will face countryman Yu Darvish for the first time in his career tonight which should be fun for everyone here in the states and in Japan as well. In Tanaka’s last start the Yankees ace took the loss against Oakland after allowing five runs on three home runs in just four innings of work. In Tanaka’s last five starts the righty is sporting a 5.97 ERA. In the now immortal words of Yankees manager Joe Girardi “that’s not what you want.”

Darvish hasn’t been spectacular either in his last five starts posting a 1-3 record with a 4.45 ERA during that span. Darvish also hasn’t pitched exceptionally well inside Yankee Stadium either which is evident by his career 0-1 record with a 4.66 ERA in two starts inside Yankee Stadium.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. You can also follow along in your cars and on the radio by tuning into the WFAN broadcast featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Enjoy the game Yankees family and as always…. Go Yankees!!

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