|NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )|
TAMPA BAY ( STANEK )
|965||NY YANKEES||-160||Ov 8.5,+100||-155||Ov 7.5,-120|
|966||TAMPA BAY||+150||Un 8.5,-120||+145||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-17||+4.4||25-23||5.4||0.249||0.323||0.429||0.752||4.0||0.222||0.291||0.358||0.650|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+3.6||1-6||4.6||0.272||0.332||0.496||0.828||2.3||0.214||0.270||0.304||0.573|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-12||+4.6||8-16||3.8||0.243||0.309||0.382||0.691||3.2||0.216||0.284||0.334||0.618|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-0.6||1-6||2.0||0.191||0.267||0.291||0.558||3.6||0.253||0.321||0.434||0.755|
|6/8/2018||TANAKA(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||4-1||W||-105||7 un||U||5||2||0||4||4||1|
|6/9/2018||GERMAN(R)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)||4-3||W||-155||8.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||6||0|
|6/10/2018||SEVERINO(R)||@ NY METS||LUGO(R)||0-2||L||-280||7 ov||U||3||4||0||5||6||2|
|6/14/2018||GERMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||4-3||W||-160||8.5 ev||U||6||5||1||6||4||0|
|6/15/2018||LOAISIGA(R)||TAMPA BAY||EOVALDI(R)||5-0||W||-215||9 un||U||9||5||0||4||6||1|
|6/16/2018||SEVERINO(R)||TAMPA BAY||STANEK(R)||4-1||W||-335||8 ov||U||8||7||0||5||4||1|
|6/17/2018||SABATHIA(L)||TAMPA BAY||FONT(R)||1-3||L||-245||9.5 un||U||7||9||0||11||8||1|
|6/18/2018||GRAY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FEDDE(R)||4-2||W||-125||9.5 un||U||9||10||0||7||9||1|
|6/22/2018||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||STANEK(R)|| |
|6/23/2018||GRAY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||FONT(R)|| |
|6/24/2018||GERMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|6/25/2018||LOAISIGA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/26/2018||SEVERINO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|6/27/2018||SABATHIA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EFLIN(R)|| |
|6/29/2018|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/14/2018||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)||3-4||L||150||8.5 ev||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|6/15/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||LOAISIGA(R)||0-5||L||195||9 un||U||4||6||1||9||5||0|
|6/16/2018||STANEK(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-4||L||270||8 ov||U||5||4||1||8||7||0|
|6/17/2018||FONT(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-1||W||225||9.5 un||U||11||8||1||7||9||0|
|6/18/2018||STANEK(R)||@ HOUSTON||COLE(R)||4-5||L||240||7 ov||O||4||4||3||10||8||1|
|6/19/2018||SNELL(L)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||2-1||W||215||7 un||U||8||8||0||5||8||0|
|6/20/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||1-5||L||210||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||11||5||1|
|6/22/2018||STANEK(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/23/2018||FONT(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|6/24/2018||SNELL(L)||NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)|| |
|6/28/2018|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|6/29/2018|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|NY YANKEES: 2017: 91-71, second place, wild card, lost to Houston in ALCS.
MANAGER: Aaron Boone (first season).
ADDITIONS: OF Giancarlo Stanton, 2B Neil Walker, 3B Brandon Drury.
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Joe Girardi, 2B Starlin Castro, 3B-1B Chase Headley, 3B Todd Frazier, DH Matt Holliday, LHP Jaime Garcia.
OUTLOOK: New York figures to score a lot and strike out a lot, a reason the Yankees signed the switch-hitting, high-contact Walker during spring training. Drury also was a late addition, enabling New York to start prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar in the minors. Betances faded in the second half last season, struggling with his mechanics and control and diminishing from a four-time All-Star to a mop-up man. After a pair of injury-decimated seasons, Bird is being counted on as a left-handed power bat in the middle of the batting order who can prevent opponents from bringing in right-handed relievers to attack Judge, Stanton and Sanchez. Hicks missed nearly half of last season with oblique injuries but has displaced Jacoby Ellsbury as the regular center fielder. Having never managed or coached at any level, Boone succeeded Girardi and must establish with players and the public that he knows what he is doing.
|TAMPA BAY: 017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Kevin Cash (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Denard Span, 1B C.J. Cron, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, OF Jake Bauers.
SUBTRACTIONS: 3B Evan Longoria, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Jake Odorizzi, OF-DH Corey Dickerson, OF Steven Souza Jr., 1B Logan Morrison, 1B-DH Lucas Duda, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Tommy Hunter, OF Peter Bourjos, INF Trever Plouffe, RHP Chase Whitley.
OUTLOOK: The Rays sport a new look after a winter of trimming payroll. In addition to the departures of Cobb and Odorizzi, the heart of a batting order that hit a club-record 228 homers ' Longoria, Dickerson, Souza and Morrison ' is gone, too. Archer, a two-time All-Star, is set to make his franchise-record fourth opening day start, and Colome is back at closer, too. The question that remains unanswered is, for how long? Cash and general manager Erik Neander aren't making any bold predictions but they insist that despite all the changes, the Rays have a chance to be a lot more competitive than it appears on paper.
|Red-hot Yanks take on Rays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The New York Yankees have the best record in baseball at 50-22, and they've rarely been better than against the Tampa Bay Rays this season.
The Yankees won their first five meetings with the Rays this season by a combined margin of 31-10 before losing Sunday, and they're back again for a weekend series at Tropicana Field, having won seven of eight overall after a sweep of the Mariners.
New York has been dominant for many reasons, but a strong bullpen is certainly one of them, with a collective ERA of 2.86, second only to Houston among American League teams. Part of that has been solid starting pitching requiring less use of relievers. The Yankees' relievers have thrown close to 70 innings fewer than the Rays have in grinding out a 3.73 ERA in a league-high workload.
"They've been terrific," manager Aaron Boone said of New York's relievers. "They protect each other, because many guys have stepped up. ... It's a big reason. We're built in a lot of ways around that great bullpen. They continue to deliver."
The Rays (34-40) have lost five of seven and have sorely missed that continuity in their starting rotation, continuing to rely on relievers working as "openers" on patchwork bullpen days. Such will be the case in Friday's opener, with right-hander Ryne Stanek (1-1, 2.21 ERA) getting the ball first, but expected to go little more than the first inning.
Stanek has pitched exceptionally well in that role, however. In eight June appearances, he has an 0.00 ERA in 10 2/3 innings, having allowed only three hits with 12 strikeouts against three walks. Until their recent skid, the Rays had continued to hover around .500 baseball despite trading away major parts of last year's team in exchange for prospects.
Stanek started last Saturday's game against the Yankees, and allowed one hit and no runs in 1 1/3 innings in a game New York won 4-1. He has faced the Yankees five times in his career, inclding that one start, and is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA over 4 1/3 innings.
The Rays got one key player back after missing two months with injury in center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, whose defense is among the league's best. His bat has yet to come around this season, though. He is 0-for-9 in two games since returning from the disabled list, lowering his season average to .135.
"He's fine. He'll get going," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Unfortunately, KK got off to a rough start. Those numbers are going to be ugly for a little while, but I'm confident he'll get going ... I'm very confident."
The Rays will face a familiar face Friday in Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia, who is 4-2 this season with a 3.30 ERA, with one of those two losses coming Sunday against the Rays in New York. Sabathia pitched into the eighth but gave up a season-high 10 hits, allowing three runs in a 3-1 loss while striking out a season-high 10 batters and walking only one.
Sabathia has faced the Rays 46 times in his career, and no opponent has more wins against him than the Rays -- he's 16-15 all-time, with a 3.76 ERA.
New York goes into the series with a considerable head of steam. They're 17-4 in their last 21 games, putting them on pace to challenge the best starts by any team at this stage in the season.
|Last Updated: 7/23/2018 2:33:40 PM EST|