Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another Yankees starter took a beating on Monday night, when the Toronto Blue Jays chased Chase Whitley out of the game after just 3.1 inning, knocking him around for eight runs on 11 hits, just a day after the Baltimore Orioles took Vidal Nuno yard three times in a 8-0 loss on Sunday.

The Yankees' biggest problem isn't their starting pitching, but rather the fact that the pitchers aren't getting any run support. Masahiro Tanaka suffered his second loss of the season on Sunday mostly because the Yankees made Chris Tillman look like a All-Star.

Entering play on Tuesday night, the Yankees rank 12th out of 15 American League teams in runs scored (300), 9th out of 15 in batting average (.253), 11th in on-base percentage (.318), 10th in slugging percentage (.377) and 12th in run differential (-35).

In other words: for a team that spent hundreds of millions over the offseason to bring in offensive weapons like Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, there has been very little positives to talk about no the offensive side of the ball.

Tonight's lineup against Toronto:

LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Alfonso Soriano
DH Carlos Beltran
C Brian McCann
2B Brian Roberts
3B Yangervis Solarte

* Major League Baseball announced not long ago that catcher/infielder/outfielder Peter O'Brien (USA) and right-handed pitcher Luis Severino (World) would represent the Yankees at the 2014 All-Star Futures Game in Minnesota on Sunday, July 13.

It's a pretty big honor to get a spot in the game, as the best talent in all of baseball will be there for the nine inning exhibition game on the Sunday right before the All-Star Game. I actually thought that Aaron Judge would be one of the Yankees to get in, but I guess O'Brien got the call over him because of his mass dinger explosion this season.

Pitching matchup preview:

David Phelps gets the call for the Yankees tonight in Toronto as he looks to right the ship for the Yankees' pitching staff after a couple of bad outings by Nuno and Whitley.

Phelps is coming off of one of his best starts of the season, against the Blue Jays last week at Yankee Stadium, when he tossed seven innings off two-run ball, scattering six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in the win that extended the Yankees' home winning streak against Toronto to 16 games.

Going for the Blue Jays tonight is a guy that has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, although he has never been good against the Yankees in his career -- Mark Buehrle, who 1-11 with a 5.84 ERA and 1.55 WHIP against the Bombers.

Buehrle, who is 10-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 15 starts this season, took the loss against the Yankees last week after allowing two earned runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings.


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