Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers 4/26

The New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers are ready to face off head-to-head for the second time in as many nights tonight in Globe Life Park in Arlington. Last night the Yankees dodged a bullet thanks in large part to a cranky left groin from Cole Hamels and they instead pulled Cesar Ramos out of the Rangers pen. Tonight they won't be so lucky as AJ Griffin takes the mound for the Rangers while Luis Severino takes the ball for the Yankees.

Severino heads into his first start ever against the Texas Rangers tonight after easily his best start of the young season last time out. Last time Severino took the ball it was against the Oakland Athletics where he pitched six innings allowing just two runs in an eventual Yankees loss. 

Griffin heads into his fourth career start against the Yankees tonight looking to improve on his impressive career stats against the team. Griffin owns a career 2-0 record with a 3.12 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees and will likely be a tough pull for the Yankees again tonight. Griffin is holding opposing batters to a .203 average this season including a .129 BAA against right-handed hitters so expect to see a load of lefties tonight from New York. 

The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET inside Globe Life Park in Arlington and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. The man with the most to prove tonight, if you believe that history is any indicator of the future, is Mr. Severino as he has not started the season as strongly as he would like. As you know the Yankees tend to have short leashes with prospects and young players and they especially do when said player has minor league options remaining like Severino. He had a strong start last time out but he needs another or his job may soon be in jeopardy in the Bronx. Especially with Ivan Nova pitching as well as he has out of the Yankees bullpen.

Go Yankees!

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