When and where: September 18, 2019, Yankee Stadium, New York, NY, 6:35 PM ET
After getting knocked off by the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s out of the frying pan and into the fryer for the Los Angeles Angels in their road trip to Yankee Stadium for a three-game meeting with the New York Yankees. Although the Angels are coming off a loss, they were able to steal the series finale over the Rays on Sunday and put an end to a six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Yankees were upset on the road by the Toronto Blue Jays. CC Sabathia is pegged to start at pitcher on Wednesday for the Yankees against Los Angeles’ Dillon Peters.
Eppler lands in second on MLB’s hot seat rankings
There is little doubt that time is running out for Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler.
CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson compiled a list on Tuesday, ranking every MLB team and the likelihood of their general manager getting fired, and Eppler was ranked second on the list behind Pittsburgh Pirates’ Neal Huntington. It’s a hard list to argue with considering the Angels have the best player in the world (Mike Trout), and they haven’t appeared in one postseason game in the last five years.
Make it six years after they miss the playoffs this season. They currently sit in fourth place in the NL West division with a 68-82 record. Considering the murderer’s row slate of opponents at the end of their schedule, the Angels could potentially finish with their worst record since the 1999 Anaheim Angels.
Peters hopes to help the team steal a game on the road when he toes the rubber against the Yankees on Wednesday. The 27-year-old lefty is coming off a loss to the Cleveland Indians after walking three batters and giving up four earned runs in three innings. He is throwing a 4.38 ERA with a 3-3 record in only 59.2 innings of work.
Yankees putting home field advantage in jeopardy
Some might be quick to give the Yankees a pass for losing a series to the Blue Jays over the weekend. Why should winning and losing matter when they’re light years ahead of the rest of the AL East division with a 98-53 record?
The Yankees are still locked in a neck-and-neck race with the Houston Astros for home field advantage in the playoffs. It’s a big deal considering both teams have two of the top-three home records in the league. Any little edge counts on the road to the World Series, and the Yankees can’t leave any stone unturned in their quest to capture another championship.
“Losing sucks every time,’’ Aaron Boone said on Sunday, per the New York Post. “But in a long season, it’s blinders on and let’s go. You have to flush these things, good and bad, every single day and it is something we have done great all year.’’
They certainly flushed it down by shutting out the Angels in Tuesday’s series opener.
Baby puttin' on for the city.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 18, 2019
Sabathia plans on doing some more flushing when he steps on the mound on Wednesday. The 39-year-old veteran left-handed pitcher is throwing a 4.95 ER Awith 101 strikeouts and a 5-8 record on the season. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings in his most recent outing against the Detroit Tigers. His last win dates all the way back to June 24 against the Blue Jays.
- Angels are 5-17 in their last 22 games on grass.
- Angels are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Angels are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Yankees are 24-8 in their last 32 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Yankees are 45-17 in their last 62 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Yankees are 52-20 in their last 72 games on grass.
- Yankees are 57-26 in their last 83 overall.