Saturday, July 23, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. San Francisco Giants 7/23

The New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants are back for Round Two today in the Bronx as they continue their three-game weekend set in the Bronx. The Giants laid down a bit against the Boston Red Sox towards the end of the week and now send their best three pitchers to the mound against the Yankees this weekend, lucky us. Last night it was Madison Bumgarner taking the mound for San Francisco and today it is Jeff Samardzija while the Yankees counter with Ivan Nova.

Nova has had just one start in his career against the San Francisco Giants and it was arguably the best start of his career. Now while this is an entirely different Giants offense today Nova did toss a shutout back in September of 2013 allowing just six hits and striking out seven San Francisco Giants. Yeah, more of that today please.

Samardzija has not been the greatest pitcher when it comes to Interleague Play during his career which is evident by his 15 career starts, 3-9 win/loss record and his 5.28 ERA. Samardzija has also been pretty home run prone lately allowing 12 home runs in his last eight starts which doesn’t bode well when you are set to pitch inside Yankee Stadium in an afternoon game.

Johnny Cueto moves up a day and will start this afternoon, Samardzija will start tomorrow.

The game will be played at 4:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Coming into this series I had this game as the easiest or most likely to win for New York which means if the past is any indicator of the future New York will get no-hit today. In all seriousness though New York has had success against right-handed pitching this season and have especially had success against Samardzija during his career and most recently while he was with the Chicago White Sox so there is always that to build on. Get a victory, make me look intelligent. Go Yankees, I need all the help I can get here lately. 

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