Friday, July 22, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. San Francisco Giants 7/22

The New York Yankees stay home after an impressive series victory over the Baltimore Orioles to welcome in the probable 2016 World Series Champions (because it’s an even year and because I’m feeling extremely sarcastic today) in the San Francisco Giants to town. On paper, and thank goodness these games are not played on paper, this has all the makings of being a tough and frustrating weekend for the Yankees and their fans as the Giants send their three best pitchers to the mound to square off against the Yankees with Madison Bumgarner taking the mound in the opener. Opposing the former World Series MVP will be the Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. Happy Tanaka Day.

Tanaka had possibly his best start of the season last time out when he held the Boston Red Sox to just three hits in six innings of work on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Tanaka did give up a solo home run to Dustin Pedroia for his only earned run of the contest while walking one and striking out seven before handing the win over to “No Runs DMC.”

Bumgarner will be making his first ever trip and appearance at Yankee Stadium, the new one or the original, tonight as he looks to improve on a sketchy interleague play record for his career. In 19 regular-season interleague starts Bumgarner has posted a career 8-7 record with a 3.75 ERA. The postseason on the other hands is a whole different story.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Madison Bumgarner wanted to participate in the Home Run Derby this season and while it was probably a good idea that he didn’t, no one was touching my pick to win it Giancarlo Stanton, it will still be fun to watch him hit in a very hitters friendly ballpark in the Bronx. It will also be interesting to see the Yankees ace and the Giants ace face off head-to-head tonight inside Yankee Stadium. Go Yankees!

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