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Rays travel to The Bronx to battle the Yankees
In the American League a repeat early season matchup takes place as the Tampa Bay Rays travel to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees.
The Rays come into the series at 6-2 while the Yankees are just 2-4.
While the Rays pitching staff figured to have holes, it has been steady out of the gate with ace Chris Archer re-gaining his consistency of 2015. The Yankees on the other hand have had issues with their bullpen surrendering leads as they blew opportunities against the Orioles.
With the Rays’ lineup offensively relying on home runs you’d expect the Yankees to feel comfortable to produce in the Bronx – in a series they can ill-afford to lose and fall further from the Rays in the standings.
Reeling Mariners need to produce against Astros
The debacle of a talented Seattle Mariners team continues. They’re 1-6 and coming off what will likely remain as one of the top blown games of the season – they surrendered seven runs to the Angels to complete a series losing sweep.
The good news is they head back home to face the Houston Astros whom they played four close games against last week. Producing runs was the issue in that series as they scored just eight runs in four games.
Expect a few tinkers to the lineup to find a spark offensively, as outfielder Leonys Martin (.083 2-24) is one of many Mariners bats off to a cold start.
Diamondbacks stop in the Bay Area to take on the Giants
This meeting comes after the Diamondbacks took three of four games against the Giants at Chase Field.
Irregular contributions from the Giants starters and bullpen caused two leads to whittle away against the Diamondbacks. Yet, this series the focus should shift to the Diamondbacks bullpen which has been superb to start the season.
Pressure has been off the staff as the starting pitching has shown some normalcy from last year’s tendencies.