Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Arizona Diamondbacks 5/18

The New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks have squared off twice already this week in the desert out west so what’s one more time, right? So for the third and final time in this series these two teams will square off head-to-head with the series and maybe some bragging rights on the line. In the finale the Yankees will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound looking to once again harness all that good stuff and make up that we keep hearing all about while the Diamondbacks counter with a similar project of their own in Shelby Miller.

Eovaldi has an absolute cannon for an arm but velocity will only get you so far in MLB. Eovaldi throws an average fastball of 96.9 MPH but has still allowed more hits than someone of his caliber should leading the Yankees to add a splitter to his repertoire. The early results are encouraging, lots of strikeouts, and Eovaldi looks to keep the trend encouraging tonight in Arizona.

Miller was quietly one of the better pitchers in the National League last season for the Atlanta Braves but he has struggled a bit since joining the Diamondbacks this season. In his last start Miller allowed three runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts each against the San Francisco Giants pitching just 5.2 innings.

The game will be played at 8:40 pm ET inside of Chase Field and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. After the game the Yankees keep heading west to Oakland to face off with the Oakland Athletics in a three game set which should be good for New York. They can’t look ahead though because they face a hell of a pitcher tonight in Miller. Don’t look ahead, get a win. Go Yankees!

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