Yanks Seek Third Straight Win with Eovaldi on the Bump
First things first, Michael Pineda has showed me something in his past two starts. Three weeks ago I was saying how he should be pulled from the rotation, and honestly he probably would have if he didn't have a solid outing his last time out.
Pineda defied the critics (at least the past two starts) and he finally got his third win of the season last night. To me, his stuff has undoubtedly looked better the past two outings. When he's on, he can shut down a great lineup when he locates with his strikeout stuff. Yesterday, Big Mike showcased a heater that was getting a ton of movement, and coupled it nicely with his slider that is generally his out pitch. Now don't get me wrong here, this guy still has more to prove and he'll probably tell you that himself. It's just nice to see him finally be pitching like he should, because god knows this team needs it.
The pitching matchup is Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.09) against veteran right-hander Jered Weaver (5-4, 5.18). Eovaldi is looking to rebound from a 5 run start against the AL East rival Orioles last week, in which the Yanks lost a heartbreaker 6-5. The Angels get to see yet another righty tonight, as they have fared poorly against Tanaka and Pineda the prior two nights. They are 15th in total batting against right-handers this year.
As for Weaver, a guy who used to destroy the Yanks when he was younger, is having a mediocre season. In the California native's last time out against Pittsburgh he pitched well and got the win, but he's been no stranger to inconsistency in 2016. Never know what could happen but the Yankee bats have been HOT as of late, despite still being 27th in the league in average with RISP (.219).
Carlos Beltran has been the spark for the squad offensively, and already has 15HRs. Last month, he became just the fourth hitter ever to hit 400 home runs, and with his home run last night, he reached 1,000 career XBH.
"I'm happy to be able to accomplish something like that," Beltran said. "I know that it's something that not many players have done and I guess the triples early in my career helped me to get there."
Look for him to stay hot as he has two homers in six career at-bats off of Jered Weaver. In Beltran's last 19 games, he's 22 for 67 (.328) with 7HR and 19RBI. Fuego.