After getting off to a great start before facing the American League East, the Yankees have stumbled against their division rivals, includingj last night’s extra inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees don’t have Masahiro Tanaka going for them this series, so they’re going to send the next best thing to the mound. Hiroki Kuroda will start Game 2 for the Bronx Bombers with hopes of splitting the series one game apiece.
The Yankees task will be rather daunting as they’ll face the ace of the Rays staff David Price, who could be looking at his last start as a Tampa Bay Ray with the trade deadline approaching. Price has been known to own the Yankees, but if there’s one person Price has to look out for–considering he plays– it’s Derek Jeter, who hit his 3,000th hit off Price in 2011.
The Yankees are in danger of falling to .500 (again), and the Yankees really need to step up their game if they want to have any chance of winning the American League East. Well, the good news is the Yankees aren’t the only one with issues. Aside from the Milwaukee Brewers and the Oakland Athletics, no one baseball is running away with anything and it’s still an open race. The Yankees can’t worry about outside the division–they have to worry about what goes on within the AL East. And I hate sounding like a broken record, I literally say the same thing every series, but the Yankees have to play better if they want any chance of contending for a playoff spot.