Monday, May 9, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals 5/9

The New York Yankees welcome the defending American League and World Series champion Kansas City Royals to the Bronx tonight as they also welcome Aroldis Chapman to the team for the first time this season. It's going to be quite a night for Yankees fans but it won't be for CC Sabathia as he misses his first start of the season after straining his groin muscle. In his place Ivan Nova will make his first start of the season as Chris Young opposes him for the Royals.

Nova will be making his first start of the season after CC Sabathia was added to the 15 day DL late last week. Nova pitched out of the Yankees bullpen six times this season, going four innings of two of those appearances as the long man, and could go as long as 75 pitches tonight in the Bronx. 

Young has pitched about as well as you would have expected out of the veteran this season. He's not going to give you eight innings very often and he's going to pitch to contact but he still finds ways to win regardless. In his last outing Young gave up five hits and two runs to the Washington Nationals in just 4.2 innings pitched. 

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside of Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. The Yankees made a statement last week playing both the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox extremely well and the team looks to keep that going this week against a tough Kansas City Royals team. Even the past two seasons where the Royals have made and won the World Series in successive years the Yankees have done well against Kansas City and I see no reason why that can't continue tonight.

Go Yankees!

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