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Yankees vs. Phillies series preview: Winning is the only option

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are not a good team, like, at all. Their 24 wins are the fewest in all of Major League Baseball, and they have to wake up every morning with Ruben Amaro as their GM. It's a sad state of affairs. The Yankees, however, are actually not a bad team. They are just one game out in the AL East, and would find themselves in the postseason if the season ended today. One thing that would help the Yankees be an even better team than they currently are is to stop losing games to bad teams, such as the Miami Marlins. New York gets three cushy games in the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium to tee off against the Phillies to start the week, and they need to make the most of it.

Michael Pineda is the man tasked with getting the series started on the right track. Pineda went 6.2 innings and gave up only one run to the Marlins in his last start. Kevin Correia gets the start for the Phillies, having only pitched 10.2 innings so far in 2015. He faced the Orioles his last time out, giving up two runs in 5.2 innings of work in what was ultimately a Philadelphia loss.

CC Sabathia will square off against Sean O'Sullivan in the second game of the series on Tuesday. O'Sullivan is 1-5 with a 4.79 ERA on the season and Sabathia has been sort of up and down all year, so this game could get pretty interesting and end up 12-7 or something. Adam Warren starts the series finale on Wednesday when he starts opposite Cole Hamels.

The Yankees will have to win tonight without one of their hottest bats. Mark Teixeira isn't starting with Garrett Jones taking over at first base instead. Chris Young is also playing over Ramon Flores for fairly inexplicable reasons.

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