Chris Archer (8-17, 4.06 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the Tampa Bay Rays (59-81) as they go up against Masahiro Tanaka (12-4, 3.11 ERA) and the New York Yankees (75-65) in the third of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 7-5, extending a six-game winning streak. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 10 and will air on FOX.
In his most recent outing, Tanaka pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Carlos Beltran (.300, 68 Rs, 27 HRs, 86 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 5-3 the last time Archer pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out nine and walking one. Evan Longoria (.279, 71 Rs, 31 HRs, 85 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The Yankees hold a 27-30 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 26-35.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 13-18 when they are struck out that many times or more.
The Yankees are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Rays currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 41-14. The Yankees have a 56-8 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. New York sits at 21st with 598 runs this season and Tampa Bay ranks 22nd with 594.
Ranking 24th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Tampa Bay ranks in the top half with an OPS of .742.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 32-73. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 44-53 record.