Saturday, August 20, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8/20

Another late night out in Los Angeles tonight for both the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as these two teams continue with their three game set. The first set had the Yankees throwing their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound and tonight they send out another exciting arm in Luis Cessa. I’m excited to see what the kid can do when he is given more than a one or two week audition in the show. Sent to the mound opposing Cessa will be newly acquired right-handed starting pitcher for the Angels Ricky Nolasco.

Cessa makes his first MLB start tonight for the Yankees after spending time in the Triple-A rotation and the big league bullpen in 2016. Cessa’s ERA in the Major Leagues has not been impressive, it’s 5.30 this season, but again this has come in one or two week intervals and usually his appearances came as needed because of a short bullpen. Cessa can and will be better and he will look to prove that to everyone tonight in Anaheim.

Nolasco has not recorded a victory since being traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Angels, a streak that has spanned three starts, although his first win could come against the Yankees. Nolasco pitched them tough last time he saw them in June allowing just two runs to the Bronx Bombers.

The game will be played at 9:35 pm ET inside Angels Stadium of Anaheim and can be seen live on WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and of course MLB TV. The future is now so why not throw guys like Chad Green and Luis Cessa out there, right? I mean I know Brian Cashman’s options are limited at this point, especially with the struggles of Luis Severino that have been well documented here and everywhere else on the web, but I’m glad to see him sticking to his guns rather than pulling off a dumpster dive move for a veteran. You know. Kind of like the Angels did in a losing season for Ricky Nolasco. Too soon? Here, apply this directly to the burn. Go Yankees!

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