Friday, August 28, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Atlanta Braves 8/28

Words cannot describe how excited I am to be writing this game previews. As many of you already know I was born in the Bronx, New York but due to circumstances beyond my control my mother moved me down to Atlanta, Georgia in 1999. I was crushed obviously because I would be leaving my favorite MLB team and half my heart in the Bronx but thanks to Interleague Play being implemented I at least get to see my team once every three years. That three year drought comes to an end tonight when the New York Yankees make the trip to Turner Field to face off with the Atlanta Braves. The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound tonight looking to put this train back on the tracks while the Braves will counter with Williams Perez. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Tanaka heads into Atlanta tonight looking to improve on his 4-2 career Interleague record and 1.66 ERA in six starts. Tanaka has never faced the Braves in his career and will look to rebound off a tough loss to the Cleveland Indians last time out after allowing four runs, three of them earned, over six innings.

  • Perez is in the middle of his rookie season with the Braves and has battled with the inconsistency that many rookies face in their careers. Perez will be making his 9th start of his career tonight and will look to not fall behind most batters or get himself into unnecessary jams like he has the past month of baseball.

I tried to purchase tickets for all three games this series but having two kids, two jobs and the wife it just wasn’t meant to be this time around. Instead I will watch tonight’s game from the comfort of my own home before making the trek to Atlanta tomorrow evening to watch Luis Severino’s latest start. New York heads into this series with the offense scuffling and the team in second place so a series victory or sweep this weekend would be huge, especially for me when I go back into work on Monday morning. The Yankees have the three pitchers they want going in this series so there’s always that to mix in with a little bit of hoping and praying. Go Yankees!

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