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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.




The Early Bird Gets The Worm: A Look into Greg Bird’s Day/Night Splits

When I was looking into Greg Bird’s stats, I noticed something that was very intriguing to say the least. Greg Bird is a much better hitter in day games than night games. Through his first 31 games, Bird is hitting a solid .280 (14/50) with 4 home runs and 11 RBI while at night he’s hitting a not as solid .226 (18/82) with 6 home runs and 17 RBI. Now this is just a small sample size, and he could just happen to face tougher pitching at night, but it could be something to keep an eye on as he gets more at bats. If this trend ends up a reoccurring thing, a platoon between Bird and Teixeira for day and night games next season might not be a bad idea. Before the injury, Teixeira was batting .283 (75/265) in night games while only batting .197 (25/127) in day games. This may just be a silly idea, but if they did such a thing next year, it could pay big dividends. 

Article by: Julian Bussells
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