A pair of American League teams with different situations in the final two weeks of the season kick off a set in the Bronx. The Los Angeles Angels are on the road for the opening game of a three-game series with the New York Yankees Tuesday night. Los Angeles prevailed 6-4 in the finale of a three-game home set with the Rays to avoid a sweep Sunday afternoon. New York dropped the rubber game of their three-game set on the road with the Blue Jays, losing 6-4 Sunday. The Yankees took three of four meetings in the first series between the teams this season, which took place in the City of Angels April 22-25.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Playing Out the String
Los Angeles managed to earn the win in the finale of their three-game set with Tampa Bay to snap a six-game losing skid. The Angels have been eliminated from playoff contention: they entered Monday fourth in the AL West, 29.5 games behind the Astros. Kevan Smith finished with three hits while Andrelton Simmons (two runs) and Albert Pujols (run, four RBI) each had two in the contest. Patrick Sandoval didn’t factor in the decision as he threw four innings, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Noe Ramirez (5-3) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief: he allowed no hits with no walks and one strikeout. Hansel Robles threw the final 1.1 innings, allowing no runs or hits with a walk and two strikeouts, for his 21st save.
BYE BYE BERTY pic.twitter.com/8NRIiyfE1g
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 15, 2019
Jose Suarez gets the call for his 17th appearance and 15th start of the season for the Angels in this contest. He comes in 2-6 with a 6.94 ERA, a 1.64 WHIP, 29 walks and 61 strikeouts over 71.1 innings of work this season. Suarez took the loss in his last start, which came last Tuesday at home against the Indians. He threw three innings, allowing six runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout in an 8-0 Angels loss. Suarez is 0-2 with a 9.24 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP, five walks and six strikeouts over 12.2 innings in his last three starts. He pitches against the Yankees for the first time in his career in this contest. As a result, in his 17th major league appearance and 15th career start, Suarez pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time here.
New York Yankees Preparing for Postseason
New York dropped two of three to the Blue Jays over the weekend as they had a bit of a letdown against a team going nowhere. The Yankees entered Monday nine games ahead of the Rays in the AL East, leaving them with a magic number of three: they are tied with Houston for the top record in the American League. New York finished with six hits in the game with no player having more than one: Aaron Judge hit his 23rd homer of the year in the loss. Chad Green didn’t factor in the decision as he threw one inning, allowing no runs on one hit with no walks and two strikeouts. Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-1) took the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 1.1 innings of relief.
2 batters faced, 2 strikeouts for Dellin 👏🔥 pic.twitter.com/ixUyduUdY7
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 15, 2019
Luis Severino gets the ball as he makes his first start of the season for the Yankees after battling through rotator cuff issues and a grade 2 lat strain that has cost him the entire year. He was a solid 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA, a 1.145 WHIP, 46 walks and 220 strikeouts over 191.1 innings in 32 starts last season. This marks Severino’s first outing in the majors since October 8, 2018 against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. He allowed six runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts over three innings in that game as the Yankees were drubbed 16-1. Severino logs his fifth career start against the Angels in this contest. He is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA, a 1.263 WHIP, seven walks and 18 strikeouts over 19 innings in those outings. Severino is 22-13 with a 3.68 ERA, a 1.131 WHIP, 71 walks and 287 strikeouts over 254.2 innings in 46 career appearances, 42 starts, at Yankee Stadium this season.
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