Monday, August 15, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays 8/15

Here we go ladies and gentleman. If the New York Yankees are serious about making a run at the second Wild Card spot in the American League it may begin and end right here in the Bronx against one of the top teams in the American League East Division, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees must have a mental block against these Blue Jays as Toronto has done well against New York in recent years but these aren't the same Yankees. The youth movement is here and that continues tonight with the first of a three-game set coming tonight. In the opener the Yankees will send Chad Green to the mound to square off with RA Dickey.

Green will essentially take the rotation spot of Nathan Eovaldi who went on the disabled list after suffering from some right elbow discomfort in his last start. Technically Luis Severino took Eovaldi's spot and this is Severino's turn in the rotation but who wants to equivocate over a day or two, right?

Dickey heads into this start fresh off his second shortest outing of the season and it came against the team that just left the Bronx, the Tampa Bay Rays. Dickey lasted just 4.1 innings due in large fact to the fact that the 41-year old righty has allowed four runs or more in four of his last five starts.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. This series doesn't have nearly the hype that those big series in September did last year but I think this is going to be a huge series for both teams. If New York continues to play well they can knock Toronto down a few notches and make their path to repeating in the AL East a little more difficult while the Blue Jays could make it equally as difficult for the Yankees to make a run at the final playoff spot in the American League. I like the idea of making things difficult for them while keeping the good times rolling. Go Yankees!

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