Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 4/4

The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays are ready to kick off the second and final game of their quick two-game set this afternoon with another showdown in the Bronx. In the second game of the series the Yankees will send their ace Luis Severino to the mound to face off with Blake Snell of the Rays. A battle of the future, let’s get to it in the Bronx.

Severino pitched well on Opening Day throwing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit against the Toronto Blue Jays inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Severino will look to replicate and build on that success this afternoon against a Rays team that he dominated in 2017 to the tune of a 2-0 record with a 2.00 ERA in three starts.

Snell was also great in his first start of the season holding down that newly revamped offense of the Boston Red Sox. Snell allowed just three hits matching Severino’s 5.2 scoreless innings, although Snell received little to no run support as Tampa Bay was shutout in the loss. Snell received a no-decision. Snell made four starts against the Yankees in 2017 posting a 4.50 ERA which, in the words of Joe Girardi, is not what you want if you’re a Rays fan.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB Network if you are out of market. You can also follow along with the game at work, if you’re like me, or if you’re a displaced Yankees fan, also like me, by tuning into MLB TV, by using the MLB At-Bat app, or by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with the legendary duo of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

Enjoy the game, crush some Rays, and Go Yankees!!!

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