The holes in the Yankees were put on full display again last night. The Yanks got blasted by a bad Rangers team by a score of 12-7. The Rangers opened it up in the 4th to 6th inning, with 9 runs put on the board to give Tanaka a rough night at the office. If Tanaka is not pitching well, the Yankees are going to find it extremely difficult to make it very far in the postseason. Maybe they win as a wildcard in the play-in game, but beyond that, I don’t have much confidence that they would be able to survive with an erratic Tanaka.
There are holes in their rotation to begin with, and they can’t continue to get poor starts from a guy who is an alleged ace. Luis Severino is currently the top member of the rotation, but even he has faced some issues in 2018. Sonny Gray has been a disaster for the Yankees and was recently demoted to the bullpen. What do they do with him now? Adding J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn just seems like putting a bandage on a serious wound.
Lynn wasn’t spectacular with the Twins before he got traded to the Yankees. He hasn’t looked the same since his time in St. Louis; however, showed some positive signs in his first several innings with the Yankees. Lynn pitched well for the Cardinals for six years. His ERA never eclipsed the 4.00 mark in St. Louis, but he finished his short stay in Minnesota with a 5.10 ERA. Lynn hopes that a change of scenery helps him out. Maybe he just never felt comfortable in Minnesota. The Yankees would certainly welcome that if that is the case. Lynn made good in his debut with the Yanks, we’ll see if he can keep it going Saturday. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Yankees Pick.
Texas Rangers vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Drew Hutchison (1-2, 6.29 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (8-8, 4.58 ERA)
How Drew Hutchison has a starting job at the major league level is beyond me. Injuries and a lack of depth in Texas certainly has a say in that. Hutchison who is best known for his time with the Blue Jays in 2012-2016 will give it another go in Texas. Hutchison was acquired from the Phillies this season, where he was used primarily as a reliever in the bullpen. The Rangers have used him differently, though, giving him a start in his first appearance in Texas.
Baltimore was able to dismantle Hutchison for 6 hits and 6 runs in just 3 innings of work. He also surrendered 3 walks and 2 long balls. The ultimately result was an ERA of 18.00. It’s the first time Hutchison seen action as a starter since 2016. His best season in the major leagues was a 4.60 ERA and that was in his rookie year back in 2012. The Yankees are hitting .327 with 4 home runs against Hutchison in 52 at-bats. I don’t believe Hutchison has gotten any better since this lineup has consistently played him, either.
Lynn made his debut out of the bullpen on the 1st against the Orioles. He pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless ball. He did, however, allow 5 hits but was able to work himself out of trouble. Lynn followed that up with 7.1 scoreless innings against the White Sox. I want to be cautious with those two starts, though. The same went for Eovaldi with the Red Sox.
He had a couple of nice first impressions with the Red Sox as well, but he got smacked around last night. Overall, Lynn hasn’t been at his best. He enters with an ERA of 4.58 and .354 OBA. The Rangers are swinging the bats well recently, with an average of 12.3 runs per game in their previous four games. The Yanks have averaged 7.6 per in their last three. I’m not sold on Lynn yet, and fading Hutchison was a solid money maker for me when he was in Toronto. With that said, a play on the OVER for early Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium looks solid.