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Preview: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets (8/13) and roster moves


Monday August 13, 2018
First Pitch 7:05 pm EDT. 
TV: ESPN
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
 
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Jacob deGrom(6-7, 1.77 ERA) vs Luis Severino (15-5, 3.11 ERA)

The Mets are coming off a series victory down in Miami, while the Yankees are coming off a four game series victory against the Texas Rangers, part of a 11 game home stand.

Jacob deGrom will be pitching for the New York…. Mets.  After much uncertainty with the rumors deGrom and Syndergard would be traded, with some rumors linking them to the Yankees, deGrom will square off against the Yankees Ace Luis Severino.

Jacob deGrom has pitched lights out this year, leading all of MLB with a 1.77 ERA.  However, he is on the Mets, who have not given him the run support he needs.  In July, they only gave him 10 runs of support, while he only surrendered six runs in four starts, which resulted in two no-decisions (team eventually won both), a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres (NL worst, 4th worst in all of MLB), and 5-0 loss to the Pirates. 

However in August, his team has given him nine runs of support in two starts, unfortunately eight of those were in the romp of the Reds in his last start, while the only run of support against the Braves resulted in a loss for deGrom.  He could be potentially be the first CY Young winner with a below .500 win %. He looks to pick up the win against a Yankees team who has won their last six of seven games.

Batters to watch for:

Giancarlo Stanton: There has been no one hotter as of late than Stanton.  In his last 10 games, he’s batting .308, slugging .744, has hit five homers, 10 RBI, and put together an OPS of 1.144.  Those stats along with his lifetime career stats against deGrom (.360 BA, four HR, .880 SLG, and 1.309 OPS) make him someone to watch against deGrom.

Miguel Andujar: Even though he doesn’t have any hits off deGrom (only three AB), Miggy has been on a role lately, separating himself from the pack for rookie of the year.  In his last 10 games, he’s batting .308, slugging .641, has four HR, and an OPS of .998.  Both him and Stanton have stepped up in the absence of Judge and Sanchez.

Luis Severino has been the Yankees’ ace all year long.  He gladly put the team on his shoulders throughout the first half, and maybe, just maybe he is bearing the consequences of that.  In his last four starts since the break, he has pitched to a 7.77 ERA, going 1-3 in that time frame.  Fortunately, it seems he is finding his way.  In his last start, he pitched seven strong innings, only allowing three runs, down from his previous three starts in which he allowed six, six, and four respectively. He will look to continue to build on his momentum against a Mets team he has had success against.  In two starts against them, he has only given up three runs in 11.1 innings. The Mets don’t usually support deGrom as previously stated, so this is a game the Bombers should win.

Batters to watch for:

Todd Frazier: The last time Sevy pitched against the Mets, it was a former Yankee that took him deep, ultimately winning the game for them.  In eight career PA, The Toddfather is batting .500, 1 HR, slugging 1.000, and an OPS of 1.625. 

Brandon Nimmo: The lone bright spot in all the chaos that has happened in Queens, has to be Brandon Nimmo. The youngster has a BA of .245, 14 HR, and a .835 OPS. With only four PA against Sevy, Nimmo has posted a more than respectable .667 BA, .667 SLG, and an OPS of 1.417.  Lately he has been in a funk, so this could go either way in today’s matchup.

Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees made a series of roster moves:
1)    Optioned Luke Voit to Triple-A
2)    Recalled Ronald Torreyes from Triple-A
3)    Placed CC Sabathia on the 10-day DL with right knee inflammation
4)    Moved Jordan Montgomery to the 60-day DL
5)    Purchased the contract of George Kontos, who is with the major league team

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Article by: Andrew Rohloff

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