A little interleague MLB action on Friday night and we will see the National League West duke it out with the American League East as the Colorado Rockies take on the New York Yankees in game one of their three-game series from Yankee Stadium.
Pitching Matchup: Getting the nod for the Rockies will be Kyle Freeland (2-6, 7.39 ERA) and the Yankees will counter with J.A. Happ (7-5, 4.93 ERA).
Rockies Get Swept By The Giants
The Colorado Rockies have had an up-and-down seans and right now they are on the downturn. The Rockies are off a seven-game homestand, in which they lost five of the seven games on. That included getting swept in a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants, who have become one of the hottest teams in the league. The Rockies have always struggled with their pitching at home, but it was completely obliterated on the homestand as they allowed a whopping 11.00 rpg over their last six games of the stand. That is just horrible and now they will have to face one of the best offenses in the league. The good news is that the Rockies have a 3.96 ERA on the road for the year, compared to a 6.75 ERA at home.
In their last game, they lost to the Giants by a score of 11-8 and taking the loss in the game was Jon Gray, who allowed six ERs on 11 hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work to fall to 9-7 with a 4.11 ERA on the year. Trevor Story led the attack with three hits and two RBIs, which included his 22nd homer of the year. Ryan McMahon had two hits and two RBIs in the contest and one hit was his 9th dinger of the year. The Rockies come in at 20-26 on the road and they are 19th in run differential at -29. Colorado is now at 3.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the National League.
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 17, 2019
Toeing the rubber for the Rockies will be Kyle Freeland and he has gone 2-6 with a 7.39 ERA in 13 starts on the year, including 0-1 with a 13.91 ERA in his last three starts and 1-3 with a 5.04 ERA in six starts on the road. Righties have hit .286 off of Freeland this year, while lefties have hit .333 off of him. In his career, he has gone 13-11 with a 3.94 ERA in 38 games (36 starts) on the road and 5-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) during the month of July, plus 6-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 11 interleague starts. THis will be his first meeting with the Yankees.
Colorado has been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.49 rpg, while also ranking 5th in hitting at .266 and 21st in homers with 121. On the mound, they have been poor as they rank 29th in the league in ERA at 5.44, while also ranking 28th in WHIP at 1.47 and 24th in K’s with 775. The pen for the Rockies ranks 21st in the league with a 4.88 ERA.
Yankees Sweep The Twin Bill
The New York Yankees are increasing their lead in the American League East. They lost game one of their series with the Tampa Bay rays and their lead in the division was down to just 5.0 games over the Rays, but New York Tok game two of the series on Tuesday and then both ends of a doubleheader yesterday and now their lead is back up to eight games. The Yankees outscored the Rays 19-6 over the last three games of the series and they are now 2nd in the league in run differential at +130. The Yankees are clearly the best team in the American League and they are on a collision course with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. That would be a hell of a show.
The Yanks won game one of the DH by a score of 6-2 and they followed that up with a 5-1 win in game two. Chad Green Was used as an opener in the nightcap and he pitched a scoreless 1st inning. Luis Cessa allowed no runs and just two hits and a walk while striking out three in 3.1 innings of work to grab the win and move to 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA on the year. Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBIs to lead the attack, while Luke Voit (18th) had their lone homer in the contest. It was a solo shot. The Yankees are now 36-16 here at home for the year.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 19, 2019
The Yankees will counter with J.A. Happ in this one and he has gone 7-5 with a 4.93 ERA in 18 starts on the year, including 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts and 4-5 with a 5.98 ERA in 10 starts here at home. Righties are hitting .251 off of Happ this year, while lefties are batting .293 against him so far. In his career, he has gone 12-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 25 starts here at Yankee Stadium and 13-16 with a 4.51 ERA in 48 games (43 starts) during July, plus 13-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) in interleague play. Happ has gone 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in seven games (six starts) against the Rockies in his career.
The Yankees have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 2nd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.63 rpg, while also ranking 6th in hitting at .265 and 6th in homers with 157. On the mound, they have been solid as they come in ranked 9th in the league in ERA at 4.04, while also ranking 10th in WHIP at 1.28 and 9th in K’s with 865. The bullpen ranks 8th in the league with a 3.93 ERA.
- 7-19 in their last 26 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter
- 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 1-6 in Freeland’s last 7 starts following a team loss in their previous game
New York is:
- 46-19 in their last 65 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter
- 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing record
- 6-1 in Happ’s last 7 starts during game 1 of a series