Series Preview: Yankees at Phillies
The Yankees travel to Philadelphia after a dismal series vs Tampa Bay. Swept in 3 games over the weekend, nothing really went right. Pitching wasn’t there when it needed to be, and nobody could put together the clutch hit to get over the hump. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be, Clint Frazier hit what could have been a game winning home run, but it hit the speakers at the ceiling of the stadium and was caught for an out. Never the less, the Yankees move on to interleague play in Philly.
GAME ONE: Monday, June 25 th @ 7PM Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0, 3.12 ERA) vs Vince Velasquez (5-7, 4.82 ERA)
Loaisiga, coming off a struggle vs Seattle last week, looks to bounce back vs the powerful Phillies lineup for his 3 rd career start. He will have to take on big power bats like Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana, each having over 10 HRs. After only going 3 and two thirds last time he out, he will really try and get more innings and give the bullpen a break. He faces Vince Velasquez, a struggling pitcher who gave up 10 runs in a game earlier in the month.
GAME TWO: Tuesday June 26 th @ 7PM Luis Severino (11-2, 2.24) vs Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.42)
Game two features Severino, coming off of a start that for many pitchers would be considered decent, but for Sevy, it’s considered bad. He will look to get back on track vs veteran righty Jake Arrieta, who has found new life in Philly and is off to a solid start, holding a 3.42 ERA. Arrieta has been struggling of late however, with a near 7 ERA in the month of June. Look for the Yankees big power bats to try and feed off of him early.
GAME THREE: Wednesday June 27 th @ 7PM Luis Cessa (1-1, 3.00 ERA) vs Zach Eflin (5-2, 3.44 ERA)
Cessa makes his first start of the season for the Yanks. He has only pitched 6 innings so far season. He has some experience after starting a couple of games last season. He will likely just be filling in for the ailing pitching staff. Do not expect him to be in the rotation for a lengthy period. Zach Eflin will pitch for Philly, who’s having a very solid year in the midst of his early struggles last year. He has a 5.18 career ERA, but this season he has just a 3.44. He can solidify himself as a serviceable starter with a good start against a great Yankee lineup. The Yankees look to right the ship after the rough Tampa series, and will try to get things right before a crucial series in Boston this upcoming weekend.