Game Preview

Game 2 Preview: Yankees (0-1) vs. Rays (1-0)

Today’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays will see LHP CC Sabathia square off against RHP Jake Odorizzi.

Sabathia had a rough, but full spring. He started 4 games and pitched to a 6.75 ERA through 12 innings. He also struck out 9 and walked 4. No one expects Sabathia at this point in his career to pitch the way he did a few years back. He had somewhat of a bounce back season last year, but even then his peripherals weren’t the greatest. The hope is that he stays happy and healthy throughout the season and is able to eat a lot of innings and take some pressure off the bullpen. I think a season ERA in the low 4’s is optimistic, but he’ll have streaks of brilliance throughout the year, I’m sure. Last season Sabathia started 3 games against the Rays, going 1-0 with a 5.52 ERA in 14.2 IP.

This is Odorizzi’s fifth season with Tampa Bay and his fourth as a full time starter. Last year he had a 3.69 ERA (4.31 FIP) in 187.2 IP, striking out 166 and walking 54. He started 3 games against the Yankees in 2016, going 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 19.2 IP. That ERA is the second lowest against any opponent that Odorizzi made multiple starts against. Only the Rangers fared worse against him. Don’t let that get you down though. In his last start against the Yankees on August 14th, both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge homered off of him. Additionally, Greg Bird and Matt Holliday have both homered twice off the Rays pitcher in the 6 times they’ve faced him. So there’s that.

Here’s today’s lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. C Gary Sanchez
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Aaron Judge
  9. SS Ronald Torreyes

The game at the Trop starts at 7:10 p.m. EST.


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