The New York Yankees didn’t get their offense in motion last night and had to take a close one late into the contest. Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yanks a chance to win, as he pitched a stellar game with just 1 run allowed. The offense were stagnant all night, though, with the youngster Pablo Lopez equaling Tanaka on Tuesday night in Miami. The Yanks can’t afford to lose these winnable games against teams that won’t be going to the postseason. Everything went right for the Yankees, including a bullpen that was lights out down the stretch. Offensively they left a lot to be desired, though.
Boston has the American League East under control, but the wildcards are completely up for grabs still. While the Yankees looked unbeatable against the Blue Jays over the weekend, they quickly looked like a beatable team last night. It’s really difficult to quantify what the Yankees are at the moment. The Indians have stepped it up with a couple of impressive showings in Boston the last two nights.
Lance Lynn will hope to get some more run support for the Yankees tonight. Lynn has largely been a good acquisition for the Yankees. Through his first three starts of his career with the Yankees, he looked like a completely different pitcher from his time with the Twins. However, he looked like the same Twins’ pitcher in his last start against the Blue Jays. Lynn took a no decision in a 7-5 win for the Yankees. Another rookie will get the call for the Marlins on Wednesday. Trevor Richards has looked decent in his rookie campaign, but it hasn’t been without a few hiccups. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Marlins pick.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Miami Marlins Pick
Lance Lynn (8-8, 4.68 ERA) vs. Trevor Richards (3-7, 4.28 ERA)
Lynn was rolling before he ran into the Blue Jays in his last outing. The Jays scored 5 runs in 4 innings, while making Lynn throw 99 pitches. He also gave up 6 walks and 3 walks. That came at home where Lynn has typically been strong. It’s been a different story for him on the road in 2018, where he’s boasted an ERA of 6.24 with a 1.61 WHIP and .363 OBA.
The Marlins have done a quality job against Lynn, hitting him for a .290 batting average and .372 OBP in 69 at-bats. Starlin Castro has loved to see Lynn on the mound. Castro is hitting .368 against him in 38 at-bats. The Yankees went deep into their bullpen in extras last night, so if Lynn doesn’t hold up, there could be some problems. Chapman had to exit last nights contest as was trying to close out the Marlins, so his status is in doubt.
Trevor Richards is coming off an outing just like Lynn had. He allowed 10 hits and 5 runs in 4.1 innings. He hit 95 pitches in that span. Richards holds a 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and .353 OBA in his last three starts. The Yankees are hitting .283 against right-handed pitching in their last ten games.
There wasn’t much for the Yanks to get excited about offensively on Tuesday night. I expect a better performance tonight. Also, the Marlins had to go deep into their bullpen as well, so expect them to be gassed. The Marlins’ bullpen is horrid to begin with and now they will have to navigate through the Yankees with tired arms. Miami are 30th with an ERA of 5.20 out of the pen. Despite a low-scoring contest yesterday, there should be some more fireworks tonight.