Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 4/12

After another off day the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays are ready to resume their three-game set this week in the Bronx and inside Yankee Stadium. On Monday Michael Pineda pitched an absolute gem and if it weren’t for Martha Stewart and her jinxing tweet and loud mouth the Yankees right-hander would have 100% pitched a perfect game, please sense the sarcasm in this statement before sending me some hate mail and comments. This afternoon the Yankees will send Jordan Montgomery to the mound looking to do the same while the Orioles will counter with Blake Snell. The future is now ladies and gents.

Montgomery will be making his MLB debut this afternoon in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd after winning the Yankees fifth starter competition this spring. Montgomery is a 24-year old left-handed starter that went 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA across Double-A and Triple-A last season. More on him later in a special Meet a Prospect on the blog.

Snell will be making his second start of the young season after struggling a bit against the Toronto Blue Jays in his first start. Snell allowed five runs in 6.2 innings last Thursday against Toronto as it was the same old story for the young lefty. Snell was effective overall but walks continue to hurt him, he had five against the Blue Jays, as they did last year.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on television on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. You can also follow along on the radio on WFAN with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Enjoy the game everybody and Go Yankees!

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