September 7, 2009

Rays-Yankees series preview

Coming off a series split with Toronto, the Yankees (87-50) head back home to face the slumping Tampa Bay Rays (72-64). The Rays have slipped seven games out of the wild card hunt, and the Yankees are maintaining a steady lead for the best record in the American League.

The Yanks are 6-5 against the Rays this season, and still have three to play at Tampa after this four-game series.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Rays starters Yankees starters
Mon., 1:05 p.m. Matt Garza (7-9, 4.01) CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.48)
Mon., 7:05 p.m. A. Sonnanstine (6-8, 6.62) A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.29)
Tues., 7:05 p.m. David Price (7-7, 4.75) Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.98)
Wed., 7:05 p.m. Jeff Niemann (12-5, 3.67) J. Chamberlain (8-5, 4.41)

My Outlook:
The Rays have really been struggling lately, and the Yankees should have the momentum with their Nos. 1 and 2 going in the doubleheader. In a squeezed four-game series like this, low-scoring games are not too common. Expect some offensive outbursts from these two clubs as the series drags out.

Remaining opponents weighted winning percentage: 50.6 percent
Magic Number: 19

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