Yankees seek back-to-back wins against Rays in game 2 battle

Aaron Judge and Harrison Bader, players of the New York Yankees during the 6-2 win against Rays, in Florida, on August 25, 2023.

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The New York Yankees are gearing up for an important road trip to face off against their AL East rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays. The opening game of the series proved favorable for the Yankees, as they clinched a remarkable 6-2 triumph against the team hailing from Florida.

Since their sweep of the Royals, the second-worst team in the American League, from July 21-23, the New York Yankees have been unable to clinch a series victory. Adding to their struggles, they’ve managed just two wins in their last 12 games.

Upcoming game and series

The next matchup is set to begin on Saturday, at 16:10 PM ET at the renowned Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Following their series against the Rays, the Yankees will continue their road trip by heading to Detroit for a four-game series against the Tigers.

Who will be in the pitchers?

Yankees's starter Clarke Schmidt pitches against the Rockies on July 15, 2023, at Coors Field.

The pitching rotations for the upcoming game have been unveiled, setting the stage for what promises to be an intense showdown on the mound. Saturday’s matinee, scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Eastern, promises another thrilling pitching duel. Clarke Schmidt will carry the Yankees’ hopes on his shoulders. Holding a record of 8-7 with a 4.68 ERA, Schmidt displayed his potential in his most recent outing against Boston, striking out eight over 5.2 innings while conceding only two earned runs. Despite a somewhat elevated ERA of 5.40 in his last seven starts, his solid strikeout-to-walk ratio of 34 to 9 is evidence of his tenacity.

Taking the mound for the Rays on Saturday is Tyler Glasnow. Boasting a 6-4 record and a 3.35 ERA, Glasnow looks to rebound after a recent outing against the Los Angeles Angels where he surrendered five earned runs over six innings. However, his commendable 4-2 record and 2.42 ERA in his last seven starts, coupled with an impressive 54 strikeouts and just 10 walks, position him as a force to be reckoned with.

Key stats

Both teams boast impressive statistics, underscoring their strengths. The Rays have managed a 3.88 ERA and a noteworthy 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching unit.

Offensively, the Rays have flexed their muscle with 189 home runs this season, ranking third in the league. Players like Yandy Diaz and Isaac Paredes have stood out as consistent hitters. On the Yankees’ side, stalwarts Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge have contributed to the team’s offensive prowess, with Judge leading with 28 home runs and 55 RBI.

As the series draws near, fans can anticipate a riveting clash that could significantly impact the AL East standings. With their eyes fixed on victory, both teams are ready to deliver an unforgettable weekend of baseball action.

How to tune in

For those who are unable to attend the games in person, MLB.tv provides a viewing option, and Fubo offers a trial period for online streaming. If you are located in the UK, BT Sports has been streaming the MLB games thus far. However, if you reside outside of these two locations, it is recommended that you access the MLB streaming service or check your TV schedule.

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