Yankee Game Preview: Yanks Turn To Tanaka To Keep The Streak Alive

  • Yankees (75-65)
  • Tampa Bay (59-81)
  • Bronx, NY Yankee Stadium 4:05PM
  • Sunny, 88 degrees, 12mph winds 

The Yankees just keep winning, and they look to carry that into today’s game with their ace on the mound. Masahiro Tanaka (12-4 3.11ERA) will be faced with the task of shutting down the Rays offense. One could make the argument that the Yankees didn’t have the pitching match up in the first two games; however, on paper they do have the advantage over the next two games. 

The last time Tanaka and the Rays battled. Tanaka allowed 4 runs over 7 innings. If you recall that was the game that Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge went back-to-back in their debuts. The Yankees have won both of Tanaka’s starts against the Rays this season. Kevin Kiermaier has proven to be a thorn in Tanaka’s side this season as he is 3-6 with a home run against him.

Opposing Tanaka today will be Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (8-17 4.06ERA) in 14 innings against the Yankees this season Archer has given up nine runs, and is 0-2 against them this season. 

Today’s Yankee Line Up:

  1. Brett Gardner 
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. Gary Sanchez
  4. Didi Gregorious 
  5. Starlin Castro
  6. Brian McCann
  7. Rob Refsnyder
  8. Tyler Austin
  9. Ronald Torreyes

An interesting note today is that Rob Refsnyder is back in the line up. Since being called up this September Refsnyder has played in just two games, but he has flourished in his opportunities going 3-6 with 2 walks. He also gets today’s start even though the Yankees are facing a lefty and has a chance to solidify his legitimacy to be on this team.

Today’s Player To Watch: Starlin Castro

Castro has undoubtedly been a driving force for the Yankees since the all star break. He also is very good at home. Lastly, he is 2-6 against Archer this season with a home run. Look for Castro to have a big game today.

Today’s Key’s To Victory:

  • Tanaka must give the Yankees some much needed length. They have burned through their bullpen of late and they could use a good, and long outing from a starter
  • Archer’s pitches per plate appearance average is up this year. He is throwing an average of 4.04 pitches per plate appearance this season. That equates to an average of 17.1 pitches per inning. The Yankees should look to hit early in the count before Archer can get his secondary pitches across.
  • Hold onto the momentum — The Yankees have all the momentum in the world right now, and they can’t let go of it. Look for the Yankees to try and establish their momentum early in this game

Quick Notes:

  • If the Yankees win they are guaranteed to be tied with the loser of the Tigers and Orioles game.
  • Richard Bleier was recalled for yesterday’s game and is available today.
  • The longest Yankee winning streak since 1998 was 10, and the longest of all time was 19 they did that in 1947.
  • Toronto has a big pitching advantage over the Red Sox. Happ is going against Rodriguez.
  • If the Yankees and Blue Jays were to win. The Yankees would pull within 3 games of the division. 


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