Well, here we are. One series is all that separates the Yankees from the trade deadline, and they’re still hovering around .500 for the season. Their opponent is the Rays, who have been notoriously annoying to face in recent seasons, and in some aspects, themselves. They’ve blown several games of late, all of which have been must-haves, so to call these games necessary is a bit redundant. Scrutinizing every match as a potential breaking point doesn’t really fit baseball as a sport, but we’re in that territory with two months to go. Let’s see what the Yankees can do.
Today on the site we’ll have plenty to keep you busy before game time. Dan dives into the latest week in the minors, breaking down how the Yankees’ minor league teams continue to push forward. Matt will preview today’s series against the Rays, while Andrew and Kunj deliver the latest podcast episode. Cooper looks into Luis Castillo’s case as a trade target, Andrés outlines Clarke Schmidt’s path to relevant innings this year, and Jon examines the curious case of some specific Yankees’ injuries.
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Time: 7:10 p.m. EST
TV: YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, MLBN (out-of-market)
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Venue: Tropicana Field
1. Considering the recent smoke that the team is interested in Trevor Story, what are the odds that he ends up in pinstripes this year?
2. It likely won’t decide much at this point regarding the deadline, but how many games do the Yanks take against the Rays this series?