Yankees vs. Rangers series final to turn into a pitching showdown

Yankees' Gerrit Cole vs. Rangers' Nathan Eovaldi on June 25, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.

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The New York Yankees, though have a tepid offense at present, are always known to be big hitters. The Texas Rangers boast the hottest offense in the 2023 MLB. However, the series finale between the two teams on Sunday is going to be a pitching duel between two aces — Gerrit Cole and Nathan Eovaldi.

In his career, the Yankees ace has faced the Texas Rangers on 14 occasions, achieving a record of 6 wins and 4 losses with a 3.75 ERA. The most recent matchup between Cole and the Rangers took place on April 27 in Texas, where he gave up two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. That victory contributed to his perfect 5-0 record for the season at that time.

In his career, Eovaldi has a record of 4 wins and 4 losses with a 3.47 ERA in 19 appearances, 16 of which were starts, against the Yankees. He previously played for the Yankees in 2015 and 2016, earning 23 victories before suffering an injury. On April 29 in a game against the Yankees in Texas, Eovaldi delivered an outstanding performance, pitching a complete game shutout with only three hits allowed on 113 pitches.

Yankees’ offensive woes continue but pitching shut down Rangers

The New York Yankees were dealt a sobering blow on Saturday as Aaron Judge, their star slugger, revealed that he has suffered a torn ligament in his toe and is not yet prepared to resume baseball activities. The team navigated the delicate balance of playing without their power hitter and managed to secure a win against a formidable opponent in the American League.

While the offense remained largely in the background with a sole homer from Billy McKinney, who is filling in for Judge, smacked his fourth home run in pinstripes, the Yankees’ pitchers made a dominant and determined bid to level the series.

Lusi Severino tightened the nook around the Rangers with an excellent start. Clay Holmes continued that amid scary moments while Ron Marinaccio delivered a crucial save by striking out three consecutive batters with runners in scoring position in the ninth inning.

Having endured yet another game without the presence of Judge, the Yankees now aim to secure a series victory as they host the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

Luis Severino acknowledged the current situation, emphasizing the team’s need to concentrate on winning games with the available roster and not dwell on Aaron Judge’s absence. While they eagerly await Judge’s return, their primary concern is his recovery and overall well-being.

Since Aaron Judge sustained a toe sprain at Dodger Stadium on June 3, the Yankees have faced challenging times, posting a 7-10 record. With Judge sidelined, their overall record during his absence stands at 11-16 this season. The team’s struggles extend beyond their win-loss record, as their batting average this month ranks last in the major leagues at .191. Furthermore, Saturday’s game marked the 12th occasion when the Yankees’ offense failed to surpass three runs since Judge’s last appearance.

Aaron Boone, the manager of the New York Yankees, acknowledged the current absence of Aaron Judge and emphasized the team’s need to overcome this challenge. Boone expressed the importance of finding a way to succeed despite Judge’s absence. Meanwhile, Billy McKinney, who joined the team recently, extended his streak of reaching base safely in 15 consecutive games.

Yankees vs. Rangers: A pitching contest

With both teams fielding their top pitchers, Gerrit Cole will face off against Nathan Eovaldi following the Yankees’ narrow 1-0 triumph.

Heading into Sunday’s game, the Texas Rangers have been excelling with a remarkable .312 batting average with runners in scoring position, leading the entire major league. The team has shown improved performance, winning five out of their last seven games after a challenging stretch where they went 2-7 earlier this month. Marcus Semien, who was one of the strikeout victims in the previous game, contributed significantly to the Rangers’ offense with three of their eight hits. However, despite their overall hitting prowess, the team struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 runners stranded on base. It was also the sixth time this season that the Rangers were held scoreless.

Texas manager Bruce Bochy expressed his thoughts on the offensive performance, stating that the team was unable to come up with the crucial hit they needed. Bochy acknowledged that they had the right players at the plate during crucial moments in the late innings. Despite the favorable circumstances, the Yankees’ pitching staff managed to escape those situations, pitching effectively to prevent the Rangers from scoring.

Eovaldi, with a record of 9-3 and an ERA of 2.80, will take the mound after having four days of rest, which is a routine he has followed five times this season. When pitching on four days’ rest, Eovaldi has a 2-2 record and a 3.28 ERA. This start will mark his fourth consecutive appearance on four days’ rest.

After an impressive streak of seven consecutive victories from April 29 to June 10, Eovaldi’s recent performances have been less successful. In his last two starts, he has a record of 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA. During his most recent outing against the White Sox in Chicago, Eovaldi pitched six innings, giving up four runs and five hits, resulting in a no-decision.

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole wags his finger at the Mariners dugout on June 20, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.

Taking the mound for the Yankees will be Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.64 ERA), who has been in top form recently. In the month of June, Cole has made four starts and boasts a solid 2-1 record with an impressive 1.78 ERA. This is a significant improvement compared to his previous six outings where he struggled with a 5.18 ERA. Cole’s most recent victory came against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, where he surrendered just one run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. Remarkably, this marked the eighth time this year that Cole has allowed one run or fewer in a game.

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One thought on “Yankees vs. Rangers series final to turn into a pitching showdown

  1. Cole struggled today, but once again the Yankees’ bullpen rose to the occasion.
    Bader was a monster today with twin doubles, the last scoring the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eigth.
    We should also give props to Volpe, who started off the eighth with a double, a Stanton who drove in the fifth run with a single to left.
    A successful homestand, even with the Yankees’ anemic lineup. Thank you bullpen!

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