In the second of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (74-65) and the Tampa Bay Rays (59-80) at Yankee Stadium, Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.10 ERA) and Blake Snell (5-7, 3.39 ERA) get the start. The Yankees won the last game 5-4, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and will air on YES and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Pineda pitched 4.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-2 victory over the Orioles. Carlos Beltran (.299, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 85 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Rays were also victorious the last time Snell pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays. Evan Longoria (.280, 71 Rs, 31 HRs, 85 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The Yankees are 26-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Rays are 26-34 against their division.
Tampa Bay has won 42% (27-38) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 56% (39-31) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Yankees have a 14-22 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 41-13. The Yankees have a 56-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 589 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 591.
Ranking 24th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.721). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .740.
The Rays are 32-72 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 43-53 when they allow at least one homer.