Monday, September 14, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays 9/14

The New York Yankees had a rough week this week in the Bronx that saw them lose series to both the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays, ouch. The Yankees are not done playing outside the American League East Division as tonight they start a three game series inside Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound after their tough weekend to face off against the Rays Erasmo Ramirez. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Sabathia made his first start off the disabled list last week against the Baltimore Orioles and lasted just 4.2 innings while allowing three runs, one earned, with five strikeouts lowering his season ERA to 5.16. Sabathia will look to build on this strong start tonight against Tampa Bay while giving the Yankees a much needed victory. 

  • Ramirez has made a pair of starts this month throwing for a combined nine innings pitched while allowing eight earned runs against the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers. Ramirez has allowed a home run in five straight games and has allowed at least one in 10 of his last 13 starts, a great sign for a home run dependent offense in New York. 

You know what they say, you're only as good as your next day's starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. After this weekend I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing for New York, especially with CC Sabathia on the mound tonight. He did look good in his first start off the DL last time out though so I feel confident that the big man can grind out a good start and give the team another chance to win. Go Yankees!

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