Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Colorado Rockies 6/14

Another HOPE Week is in the books and so is another Yankees home stand in the Bronx and now the team finds themselves out west where the air is thin and rarified, where pitchers have to hit and where kids aren’t scared of the boogie man, they are scared of Nolan Arenado. The New York Yankees face off this week with the Colorado Rockies in a two-game set inside Coors Field with the first coming tonight in Denver. The Yankees will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound tonight looking to turn around a recent string of troubling starts while the Rockies will counter with Jorge De La Rosa.

Eovaldi was possibly and arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball during the month of May but as the calendar turns to June and the temperatures begin to rise Eovaldi may be taking a step back a bit. Thus far in June Evo has allowed 18 hits and 10 earned runs in 10.2 innings as he watched his ERA rise and his confidence fall. Turn it around in Colorado kid.

De La Rosa returns to the Rockies starting rotation after a brief stint in the team’s bullpen that lasted all of three appearances. The last time De La Rosa started a game he won throwing four perfect innings while striking out five. De La Rosa is sporting an 11.41 ERA this season and a 2.28 WHIP in six starts this season so you can understand why the team thought the pen may be better suited for him.

The game will be played at 8:40 pm ET, 6:40 pm local time in Colorado, and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Nathan Eovaldi is one of the few Yankees with some actual Major League at bats so I feel as confident with him at the plate as I do anyone on this staff aside from maybe CC Sabathia. I also feel pretty confident in his right arm despite struggles in each of his last two outings but it’s a long season and he can turn it around at any point. Preferably tonight though. Go Yankees!

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