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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7/23-7/25)

Following their rain-shortened two-game series split against the Mets at home this past weekend, the Yankees head down South for three days to face the Rays in Tampa Bay.  Tropicana Field has, in a way, been a house of horrors for New York, having gone just 4-9 at The Trop since the beginning of 2017 including an ugly three-game sweep just a month ago. The Yankees will begin play today at 63-34, five full games behind the first place Red Sox.  Tampa Bay comes in at 50-49, 19 games out of first and 9.5 games back of Seattle for the second Wild Card position. With trade rumors swirling for both squads and the teams headed in opposite directions, this series provides a key opportunity for the Yankees to get back on track and put pressure on Boston to once again close up the AL East race.




Update On Hiroki Kuroda



It feels like such a long time ago when Hiroki Kuroda pitched in pinstripes, but it was only last year.

As we know, Kuroda went back to Japan to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp and is actually doing pretty well. Kuroda is currently, through 14 starts, 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA through 94 innings. He’s not striking out many (62 Ks, 5.9 SO/9), but he’s not walking many either (19 BB, 1.8 BB/9). The Carp are currently 39-43 and in 5th out of six teams, but only two games out of first with the first place teams sitting at .500. It’s hard to imagine where the Yankees would be right now if Kuroda was pitching at this caliber in pinstripes, but considering Kuroda never had an ERA under 3.07 while pitching in the United States it doesn’t seem likely. Overall I enjoyed Kuroda’s time with the Yankees and I’m glad to see him still doing good at 40 years old.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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