Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Game Preview vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will finish off their three game set tonight at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees travel to Baltimore starting tomorrow night. The Yankees playoff hopes have diminished to basically nothing so the team is merely going through the motions at this point. The Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound tonight, so expect no offense, to face off with the Rays Alex Cobb. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Pineda has been the tough luck loser in two straight starters due to the Yankees lack of offense. Pineda pitched well last time out against James Shields and the Kansas City Royals but the team got shut out. Pineda made one mistake in the game and it ended up costing him a victory much like last time out against the Toronto Blue Jays where he made one mistake to Jose Bautista and the Yankees offense disappeared again for another loss. Maybe the Yankees can score Pineda a run or six tonight in the finale in Yankee Stadium.

Cobb is coming off a strong start against the Baltimore Orioles where he threw seven shutout innings at home. This was Cobb's 11th straight start allowing two or less runs, a club record. Cobb faced the Yankees back on August 15 where he pitched 7.1 innings and did not allow a run in that contest.

Go Yankees!

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