Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays 6/1

Welcome ladies and gentleman to June baseball. Boy has this year been flying by and boy has this major league season been flying by as well. We’re already one-third of the way through the season and we’ve already seen the calendar change its pages twice. Welcome to June baseball once again. To kick off the month of June the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will be finishing off a three-game series this week inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto. In the finale the Yankees will send their ace and stopper to the mound looking for a win in Masahiro Tanaka while the Jays will counter with a young stud of their own in Aaron Sanchez.

Tanaka heads into this start tonight on a modest two decision win streak where he has posted a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings. Granted those two starts were against the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays and not a potent offense like the Toronto Blue Jays but Tanaka held his own in his last start against them as well on April 12 taking a no-decision in five innings of work. Tanaka allowed just two runs in an eventual 3-2 Yankees victory.
 Sanchez will be making his second start of the young season against the Yankees tonight looking to improve on his six inning no-decision on April 12. In the start Sanchez allowed just one earned run which was one of eight times in 10 starts this season that Sanchez has held the opposing team to three earned runs of fewer. Let’s not make it nine out of eleven tonight.

The game will be played at 7:07 pm ET inside the Rogers Centre and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. The Yankees head to Detroit to take on the always tough Detroit Tigers after this contest but I have a feeling they aren’t looking ahead to that weekend series just yet. These Blue Jays always play the Yankees tough and that offense is as tough as ever, especially when you bat a guy like Jose Bautista leadoff. Hopefully Tanaka’s splitter is on point tonight and the Yankees get out of town with a win.

Go Yankees!

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