It has been an eventful weekend for the Yankees, and it is only fitting that we finish strong with the Yankees' ace on the mound. Masahiro Tanaka, currently standing at 7-4 with a 3.46 ERA, will take on Carlos Carrasco, who is 7-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Tanaka is fresh off a rough start against the Mets, where he surrendered seven earned runs through 6.1 innings. He will be making today's start on four days rest, something that has been a problem for him all year.
Carlos Carrasco is nearing the two-year anniversary of his return to the Tribe's starting rotation. Since August 10, 2014, he has thrown 348 innings over 56 starts, with an ERA of 3.03 and 381 strikeouts, according to Fangraphs. At times, he has been as much of a force in Cleveland's rotation as 2014 Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. Fortunately, the Yankees were able to get to Carrasco on July 10, tagging him for five runs in 3.2 innings.
For the Indians, Mike Napoli continues to be a major Yankee killer. As is the case with most Yankee pitchers, Mike Napoli has caused a great deal of trouble for Masahiro Tanaka, according to Baseball Reference. In 14 matchups, Napoli has four walks and six hits. Two of those hits left the yard and three were doubles. It is safe to say that Tanaka will have to be careful facing the Indians' first baseman.