Analysis

New York Yankees vs. Miami Marlins, 4/17/18: Tanaka Tuesday

The Yankees offense looks to stay hot on Tuesday night as Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound and eyes a two-game sweep of the Marlins.

  • New York Yankees (8-7)
  • Miami Marlins (4-12)
  • American League, 6:35 p.m. ET, YES Network
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

The Yankees offense finally erupted last night and they hope to build off Monday night’s success.

After finally escaping the rain, the Yankees were able to play for the first time in two days and it looked like the off days did them well. With an offense that has struggled to live up to expectations, it was refreshing to see them put up a season-high 12 runs and 15 hits to pick up their second victory in a row.

Tonight, New York turns to right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who looks to bounce back from his last start in Boston and sweep the two-game set with Marlins.

In both of his last two outings, Tanaka has cruised into the sixth inning looking dominant and completely in command of all of his pitches. Then come the sixth inning, Tanaka lost his command and couldn’t make it out of the inning. Something to keep an eye out for in tonight’s start.

On the mound for the Marlins is their promising young left-hander Jarlin Garcia. Garcia has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins coming into the game with a team-leading 1.13 ERA in three starts this season.

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Player To Watch

Gary Sanchez

Tonight’s player to watch is the red-hot Gary Sanchez. We have seen flashes of greatness from the Yankees’ catcher over the past few games and it seems like he might just beginning a hot stretch.

Sanchez has hit safely in his last four games going 8-for-18 over that span (.444) while hitting two home runs and driving in an outstanding ten runs. With the Yankees offense rolling and another lefty on the mound tonight, look for El Kraken to stay hot.

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