Yankees Game Preview: Yankees Look To CC To Avoid Sweep

The Yankees will turn to CC Sabathia (8-12 4.10ERA) he will be facing off against the Boston Red Sox and Drew Pomeranz (10-12 3.25ERA) There is chance for inclement weather tonight at Fenway. The Yankees are no strangers when it comes to rain delayed games, and Mother Nature in general this season. Weather could potentially impact tonight’s game.

The Yankees will be faced with trying to avoid a sweep against the Red Sox at Fenway. The Yankees have lost five of their last six and the hopes of the playoffs have been diminished to thin hopes of a long Yankee winning streak.

The Yankees enter play four games behind the Blue Jays and Orioles for the wild card. They also sit one game behind the Astro’s, Tigers, and Mariners. The Yankees could have pulled within 3 games with just a win yesterday since everyone in front of them lost except the Astros. 

The Yankees also had their fair share of problems yesterday. Outside of their inability to hold down a lead once again. The Yankees also saw Starlin Castro possibly go down with a season ending hamstring injury. Jacoby Ellsbury also left the game early after sliding into the centerfield wall. Neither of them are in the line up today and they will rejoin the team in Tampa.

Donovan Solano is making his Yankee debut tonight at second base today. He was brought up earlier today. To make room for him the Yankees transferred Chad Green to the 60 Day D.L. They also re-instated Anthony Swarzak from the 15 Day D.L. The line up for today’s game is posted below:

This is a very young and inexperienced team that the Yankees are putting out there tonight for Sunday Night Baseball against the Red Sox. Solano mashed left handed pitching in the minors batting .404 over 161 at bats. Below are the Yankees numbers against Pomeranz this season:

Player Of The Game: Billy Butler 1B

Look out for Billy Butler. He gets his match up against a left handed pitcher and Fenway, and that means the monster in left field better be prepared. With Butler’s good numbers against lefties, and his extra base power he makes for the perfect match up in tonight’s game batting clean up.

Interesting Note:

Donovan Solano hit .404 against left handed pitching in AAA this season for the Yankees. With a lefty on the mound and it also being Solano’s Yankee debut look for him to potentially get a hit or two tonight.

My Take: 

The Yankees have continuously broken hearts of Yankees fans over these last six games and they have continued to fall behind further in the wild card standings. Though the playoffs looks like it would take a miracle. The Yankees could actually still control their own identity if they could pass the teams ahead of them by one game, and just get within three games of the Orioles for the last series of the season. That would only require the Yankees to gain one game on everyone in front of them.

If the Yankees lose tonight that would put them five behind the Orioles and do almost everything but end their season. With the injuries at the end of the season and the toughness of the schedule that is a tall task, but the Yankees never quit. First pitch is set for 8:08PM EST.


Author: David Rinehart

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

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