It hasn’t been a fun trip to Florida for the Yankees this weekend. They’re facing a sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Trop on Sunday. It’s an uncharacteristic series for the Yankees, who haven’t looked their best against a weak opponent. The Cubs have struggled this weekend as well against an inferior opponent as well, with the Reds going for a sweep as well. This certainly won’t have any bearing on the Rays and Yankees at the end of the season. However, it may very well have an impact on the Red Sox and Yankees at that point, though. Their two wins over the Yanks on Friday and Saturday have brought them within 15 games of the Yankees. In other words, thanks for winning the battle over the weekend Rays, but it’s not going to amount to much in the grand scheme of things.
Getting swept by a 36-40 Rays team is never a good look for a perennial contender, though. The Yankees were coming off a sweep of the Mariners, and 7-1 in their last eight games before heading to Tampa, so they may have been due for a hiccup. The Rays moved to 5-5 in their last ten games with the victory. Offensively, the Yankees were completely dead on Saturday. They managed just 4 hits on the day with no runs. There were only three Yankees that got a hit. Kudos to Wilmer Font who had one of the best outings in his career on Saturday. Matt Andriese will look to follow it up with another productive showing for the Rays. The Yankees will go with Domingo German to start things out on Sunday. Get our free Yankees vs. Rays pick below.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick
Domingo German (2-4, 4.77 ERA) vs. Matt Andriese (1-3, 3.68 ERA)
German has a glorious opportunity in 2018 to cement his name in the Yankees’ rotation. He only appeared 7 times out of the bullpen as a rookie in 2017, so this is his rookie season for all intent and purposes. He started off pitching well, hit a bump, and now he’s beginning to find a groove again. So, with that said, his numbers are relatively average. German holds a 4.77 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
The deep ball has primarily been hurting him. He is keeping the bases clean for the most part. Note that in his last three starts, German posted a WHIP of 0.74 and .208 OBA. That includes an ERA of 3.32. He is coming off a sharp outing against the Mariners, where he gave up just 2 hits and 1 run across 7 innings. In 22 at-bats, the Rays are hitting .227 against German with 1 deep ball.
Matt Andriese has been holding it down for the Rays out of the bullpen, but he will get only his third start of the year. There isn’t much to get excited about on this team, but Snell has been turning some heads. Meanwhile, the rest of the rotation has been trying to pick it up for the Rays. Archer hasn’t been able to revert to 2015 form, so it’s been tough for the Rays in that respect. It wouldn’t be any surprise if a team like the Red Sox or Yankees are taking a look at Snell to initiate a trade later in the year. A deal that involves Justus Sheffield? The Rays still have Snell on the cheap, though, so they may scoff at any attention he attracts. He was scheduled to start on Sunday, but had his start pushed back to Monday for some extra rest.
The Yankees have done well against Andriese in the past. They’re hitting him for a batting average of .316 in 76 at-bats. The Yanks have also swatted 6 long balls against Andriese. Aaron Judge has done an absolute number on him. Note that Judge is hitting .583 against Andriese, including 3 homers in just 12 appearances against him. The longest he’s gone this season is 3.1 innings and they may need more than that here. I like the Yankees to prevent a sweep and get back in the winning column on Sunday against the Rays.