The Yankees look to stop their five game slide today as Michael Pineda (6-11 4.94 ERA) is due to take on Tampa Bay and Drew Smyly (7-11 4.98ERA).
Michael Pineda has struggled against Tampa Bay in his career. He is 2-4 with a 4.74ERA against them in his career. He also has pitched poorly at Tropicana Field where he is 1-3 with a 5.74ERA.
Drew Smyly has been excellent against the Yankees in his career he is 3-0 with an ERA of just 1.91 against the Yankees. He has faced the Yankees twice this year. His first outing he went 7 innings allowing just 1 run. His second outing he went 6 innings allowing just 2 runs. While all of these stats are taken with a grain of salt. Let’s remember that Smyly will be facing a much different Yankee line up than before. Below is the Yankee line up for tonight’s game.
Player To Watch: Gary Sanchez
After heating back up in Boston look for Gary Sanchez to have a productive day at the plate. This shouldn’t catch anyone off guard considering how good Sanchez has been all season. Look for him to impact tonights game.
The Yankees seemed to do everything in their power over their past two series to destroy any playoff hope; however, I still argue that i the Yankees could just sweep the Rays they would go into Toronto with a chance to make noise once again.
The schedule for the Yankees plays into their favor now. They are lost at the bottom of the pack now in the wild card, but they play all the teams in front of them. Again, the Yankees could really control their own destiny if they could get within 3 games of Baltimore. Baltimore comes to New York for the final 3 games of the season. If the Yankees could just put themselves in a situation where a sweep would force a play in game it would give the fans something to cheer about.
All of this is nice, but the playoffs look like a miracle at this point in the season, but you play the entire 162 game schedule for a reason. The Yankees have played to many games to give up on them at this point. The injuries are also something that won’t exactly help the Yankees as they try to do the impossible. Regardless, we have Yankees baseball today and we need a win. I look for the Yankees to end their slide today and come away with a win.