Major League Baseball action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the American League East will square off as the Tampa Bay Rays battle it out with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. This is game one of a three-game series. The Yankees lead the season series 4-2.
Pitching Matchup: The Rays have yet to announce a starter for this one, while the Yankees will be sending out Masahiro Tanaka (4-5, 3.58 ERA).
Rays Finish Homestand On A High Note
The Tampa Bay Rays are in a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the Ameri can League East and they would have a lead in the division right now if they played a bit better at home this year. The Rays come into this game off a seven-game homestand and they went just 3-4 in those games, which now puts their home record at just 20-18 on the year, compared to going 23-10 on the road. The Rays are now just a half a game out of first in the AL East and that makes this series huge for both team. We also note that both teams have to be leery of the Boston Red Sox, who are starting to get their act together and are just 5.5 games out of first.
The Rays did finish their homestand on a high note as they beat the Angels by a score of 6-5. The Rays had a 6-2 lead heading to the 9th and had to hold on for dear life as the Halos scored twice to make it 6-5. Diego Castillo allowed both runs, but he held on for the save, which was his 7th of the year. Ryne Stanek allowed one ER in 1.1 innings of work as the opener, while Colin Pouche (1-1, 5.68 ERA) pitched scoreless 6th and 7th innings to pick up the win. On offense, Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe Each had two hits and an RBI, while Lowe (15th) and Tommy Pham (10th) each went deep. The Rays have been led by their pitching this year, but they have now allowed five or more runs in four of their last five games. It doesn’t get any easier as they are about to face the high-scoring Yankees.
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Taking the hill for the Rays will be Yonny Chirinos and he has gone 7-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 14 games (seven starts) on the year, including 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his last three starts and 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six games (three starts) on the road. Chirinos is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA in his eight starts. In his career, he has made 15 starts overall and 4-5 with a 3.29 ERA in those 15 starts. Chirinos is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four games (one start) in his career against the Yankees.
The Rays have been below average on offense so far as they come in ranked 17th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.73 rpg, while also ranking 5th in hitting at .262 and 18th in homers with 93. On the mound, they have been very strong as they rank 1st in the league in ERA at 3.06 while also ranking 3rd in WHIP at 1.12 and 3rd in K’s with 677. Their pen ranks 2nd in ERA at 3.41.