Yankees Game Preview: Yankees Turn To Mitchell To Stop Recent Slide

  • Yankees 77-70
  • Red Sox 83-64
  • Fenway Park Boston, MA
  • Game Time: 1:05PM EST

The Yankees will turn to Bryan Mitchell (1-1 2.45ERA) today against the Red Sox and David Price (16-8 3.81ERA) 

The Yankees come into this game currently four games behind the wild card leaders, and six behind the Red Sox. The Yankees have now dropped 4 out their last 5. Though, their playoff hopes look bleak there is still reason to watch. The first being that Yankees fans never give up. The Yankees can also play a spoiler role for teams down the stretch potentially, but we can continue to watch players develop over these last fifteen games. 

For the Yankees to reach the playoffs they will have to channel something that they’ve struggled to do this season and put a strong winning streak together. If the Yankees were to win the next two games, and win every series from this point out. That would put them at 11-4 and 14 games over for the year. That will be close on whether it would be sufficient for a playoff position or not.

The Yankee line up is listed below

Player To Watch: Starlin Castro

Castro has been swinging a hot bat, and he hits Price well. He comes into the game 4-8 against him this season. Look for Castro to have an impact on today’s game 

Interesting Note:

An interesting note is that Billy Butler will be in today’s line up at first base. You wonder if this is a move for the Yankees to look at him as a potential platoon DH/1B next season behind Greg Bird. Either way he will be at first base today.

My Take:

Obviously, losing their last four of five the Yankees have really put a damper on their once promising playoff push. To make a playoff push at this point the Yankees would almost have to make a strong run, and sweep multiple series.

This is the point where the tough schedule has become an advantage for the Yankees. They do play all the teams in front of them, and they could still control their destiny in theory by sweeping those series, and getting hot at the right time. While that may not happen this team has certainly over-achieved all season long and the 2016 Yankees will always be remembered as the beginning of a new start. 

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Author: David Rinehart

Die hard Yankees fan! Grew up rooting for the dynasty the Yankees built in the 90's.

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