Friday, September 9, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 9/9

Here we are again ladies and gentleman in the Bronx ready to welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to town for the second game of their four game set. The Yankees are still riding high off their sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the week and have found a new-found second win in both the 2nd Wild Card and AL East Division playoff races. That only continues if they beat the teams they are supposed to beat including these pesky and spoiler-ready Tampa Rays. In the contest tonight the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound looking to start a streak of success and lead the Yankees to the postseason while the Rays will counter with Blake Snell.

Pineda has not won a start for the Yankees since August 5th in a start at home against the Cleveland Indians. Now it’s been over a month since a victory but to get that victory Pineda will have to pitch better than he did last time he faced the Rays on July 31st where he gave up five runs in six innings. Big Mike, please show your ugly head.

Snell on the other hand was fantastic in his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays lasting six innings while allowing just one run against an awesome offense. Snell became the first left-handed starter to hold the Blue Jays without an extra-base hit since May 26th of this season in that start. The Yankees have plenty of right-handed power now though so I don’t expect the same success tonight in the Bronx.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Need a win. Get a win. I know I keep saying it but as I keep saying it the Yankees keep getting a win when they need it most so who am I to argue with the Baseball Gods? I’m not that stupid nor am I ignorant. Go Yankees!

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