Masahiro Tanaka will make his what is likely his final appearance of the regular season tonight at Sahlen Field, as the Yankees continue their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The two teams have swapped blowouts in the preceding two games, and given everything we’ve seen the last two weeks between them, I am expecting a similar lopsided result tonight.
Tanaka faced the Jays last week, pitching seven innings of three-run ball. He’s pitched to a 3.27 ERA in 2020, his lowest since 2016, but home run troubles have his FIP almost a full run higher. Like Gerrit Cole, we can expect at least one ball to leave the yard tonight, the key to Tanaka’s success is making sure it comes with the bases empty.
Robbie Ray, a deadline acquisition, counters for the Blue Jays. Taking from Bluebird Banter’s preview of this game: “Through 16.2 innings in Toronto, Ray has allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on 19 hits and 10 walks, striking out 20 while allowing 4 home runs. That may seem terrible, and indeed it is bad, but that does highlight how bad he was with the Diamondbacks, as he allowed even more walks and home runs per 9 innings”.
Ray hasn’t pitched as well as his stuff advertises for a while now, but that stuff is still impressive. His strikeout rate is impressive as ever, and he’s not a pitcher the Yankees can take lightly.
How to watch:
Location: Sahlen Field, Buffalo, NY.
First pitch: 6:37 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES Network
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go