Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yankees look for stroke with Athletics in town

The New York Yankees are set to host a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics beginning Tuesday evening. The Yankees (5-6) have endured an uneven start to the season, while the A’s (6-7) are coming off a series victory over the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

The Yankees will send Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Luis Severino to the hill in that order. The trio will face an Oakland lineup that is hitting a collective .216 with a .612 OPS. On paper the matchup seems to be a good one for each pitcher, but they'll need to show they can get through the third time of the order still on top.

The A’s will counter with Eric Surkamp, Kendall Graveman and Rich Hill, thus missing Oakland’s ace Sonny Gray. The Yankees offense will be tested as both Surkamp and Hill are left-handers, something that has given the club fits since last season.

The Yankees hope Monday’s off-day helps to erase the memory of a terrible slide with runners in scoring position, having gone 1-for-35 in the Seattle series this past weekend.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on The Cauldron via Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.