Analysis

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4/4/18: Severino Takes The Mound

The Yankees are heading into game two of their first homestand hot after a dominant victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon. 

  • New York Yankees (3-2)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (1-4)
  • American League, 1:05 p.m. ET, YES Network
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

The Yankees are coming fresh off an exhilarating victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on their home opener on Tuesday afternoon where Didi Gregorius came up clutch once again.

I don’t usually like to say I told you so, but I did in yesterday’s pregame when the player to watch was Sir Didi himself.

Regardless, Wednesday is a new day and the Yankees will send ace Luis Severino to the mound to try and keep these going against a Tampa Bay team that hasn’t looked to great to start the season.

In his first start of the season against the Blue Jays, Severino went 5 2/3 innings while only surrendering one hit. The Yankees could not have asked any more from Severino on Opening Day and he will look to continue his success this afternoon.

The right-hander was solid last season against the Rays, going 2-0 in three starts with a 2.00 ERA and giving Tampa’s lineup a headache everytime they had to face him.

For the Rays, Blake Snell will be taking the ball to go up against the Bronx Bombers and like Severino, Snell is coming off a solid first start of the season against the Red Sox.

Snell faced the Yankees four times last season, not having much success. Over those four outings, the left-hander produced a 4.50 ERA, something he will be looking to improve on in 2018.

Lineups

Player To Watch

Gary Sanchez

Let’s see if we can get the player to watch correctly for the second day in a row. Gary Sanchez has not been hitting to start the season, but expect the catcher to break out on Wednesday.

In eight career at-bats against Blake Snell, Sanchez is batting .375 with two home runs two RBIs, with both of his long balls being solo shots.

El Gary is due for a big game and there might not be a better day to place all of your money on the Yankees catcher to have his first big game of the season with his big bat.

 

 

 

 

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