A capsule have a look at the Yankees-Rays playoff sequence | Sports activities
A capsule have a look at the best-of-five playoff sequence between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in San Diego starting Monday:
Season Sequence: Rays gained 8-2.
Playoff Entry: second place, AL East.
Supervisor: Aaron Boone (third season).
Projected Rotation: RHP Gerrit Cole (7-3, 2.84 ERA, 94 Ks), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.56, 44 Ks), LHP J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47, 42 Ks), RHP Deivi García (3-2, 4.98, 33 Ks in 34 1/3 IP as rookie).
Prime Hitters: 1B Luke Voit (.277, main league-leading 22 HRs, 52 RBIs), 2B DJ LeMahieu (main league-leading .364, 10, 27, 41 runs, 10 doubles, 1.011 OPS).
Prime Relievers: LHP Aroldis Chapman (1-1, 3.09 ERA, 3 saves), LHP Zack Britton (1-2, 1.89, 8 saves). RHP Chad Inexperienced (3-3, 3.51, 1 save, 32 Ok in 25 2/3 IP).
Sequence Abstract: The Yankees are within the playoffs for the fourth straight 12 months however nonetheless in search of their first pennant since profitable the 2009 World Sequence. … Favored to win the AL East, the Yankees alternated cold and warm spurts: a 16-6 begin following by a 5-15 slide, a 10-game profitable streak and 6 losses of their final eight video games. … Performed a lot better within the Bronx, going 22-9 at dwelling and 11-18 on the highway. … Offense was reliant on dwelling runs, with 156 of 315 runs scoring on lengthy balls through the common season, based on the Elias Sports activities Bureau, then 13 of twenty-two runs scoring on seven homers within the two-game sweep at Cleveland throughout first spherical of playoffs. The wild 10-9 win in Sport 2 was the longest nine-inning sport in main league historical past at 4 hours, 50 minutes. … Giancarlo Stanton hit .200 with one homer, 4 RBIs and 16 strikeouts in 35 at-bats after returning Sept. 15 from greater than a month on the injured listing with a strained left hamstring, then homered in every sport vs. the Indians. … Aaron Decide additionally slumped after returning Sept. 16 from a strained proper calf, with no homers and two RBIs, then was 1 for 9 with an early dwelling run in opposition to Cleveland. … New York’s fielding share was its worst since 1973. … Backup catcher Kyle Higashioka will begin behind the plate within the sequence opener once more as Gary Sánchez sits. Cole had a 1.00 ERA whereas pitching to Higashioka (three earned runs in 27 innings) and a 3.91 ERA whereas pitching to Sánchez (20 earned runs in 46 innings) through the common season, then allowed two runs over seven innings with 13 Ks and no walks whereas pitching to Higashioka in Sport 1 in opposition to Cleveland. Cole and Higashioka have identified one another since enjoying on a scout crew collectively as youngsters in Southern California. … The massive-budget Yankees misplaced the season sequence to the thrifty Rays for the primary time since 2014. New York hit .218 with 13 homers in opposition to Tampa Bay, averaging 3.4 runs per sport. Yankees pitchers had a 4.84 ERA vs. the Rays, permitting 47 runs and 16 homers. … Tampa Bay is 56-41 at dwelling in opposition to the Yankees since 2010, profitable its dwelling season sequence 9 instances with one break up.