Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros 7/26

The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros will continue their three-game set this week inside Minute Maid Park with a game that the Yankees have a real shot at winning on paper. Any time the Yankees face Dallas Keuchel you can almost always pencil in an “L” in the loss column, that guy is just really good. No disrespect to the Yankees, just extra respect to Keuchel. The beautiful thing about baseball though is it is a new day and a new game with a new set of lineups and pitching matchups including tonight’s pitching matchup that will showcase CC Sabathia for the Yankees and Doug Fister for the Astros.

Sabathia is quickly becoming yet another example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Yankees rotation this season. No one knows what to expect from Sabathia and others from start to start this season so no one knows what to expect tonight from the big lefty in Houston. If he limits his home runs then Sabathia has a real shot at winning but if he doesn’t then it may be another loss for CC and the Yanks.

Fister is coming into this start fresh off a great start against the Oakland Athletics where he threw seven shutout innings in a 7-0 Houston victory. Fister lowered his ERA to the second best on the team in that start and has recorded a victory in each of his last two starts after suffering from a three-game losing streak earlier in the month.

The game will be played at 8:10 pm ET inside Minute Maid Park and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. I know I should probably turn in my MLB fan card for admitting this out loud but somehow I totally forgot that the Astros signed Fister for whatever reason this offseason. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. I don’t know. Either way I had hoped the Yankees would sign him because he could have been a huge help for this ailing team right about now. The past is the past though and that’s where it needs to stay. Only looking forward. Go Yankees!

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