Sunday, August 23, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians 8/23

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians are ready to finish off their four game series at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, thank goodness. The Indians have given the Yankees all sorts of fits this weekend although the team could not put a damper on Jorge Posada Day yesterday no matter what. The same can be said for this afternoon as the Yankees once again honor one of their own as the team presents Andy Pettitte Day at Yankee Stadium. For the game the Yankees will send their big man CC Sabathia to the mound to face off against the Indians starter Trevor Bauer. The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

Sabathia will face off against the team where his career began for the second time this month looking to snap a winless streak. Sabathia has started eight times against the Indians and has posted a 4-2 record with a 2.95 ERA. 

Bauer has struggled as of late against these same New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in consecutive starts. Bauer got bombed for the only Cleveland loss in the last series between these two teams and then lasted only 1.2 innings against the Boston Red Sox in his last start after giving up five earned runs. Six of his starts this season have lasted less than five innings, lucky number seven today?

The Yankees are setting up the field for Andy Pettitte Day and are prepared to retire the #46 so no man can ever wear the jersey again. The Yankees have had a mixed bag of results in these games after pregame ceremonies as the emotion and the adrenaline either helps the team through the game or it is expended in the ceremony leaving the team to fall short in the contest. Let's hope the team takes a page out of the Andy Pettitte book this afternoon and finds a way to win. Go Yankees!

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