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Bronx Bombers Face Down Bauer in First Half Finale

Bronx Bombers Face Down Bauer in First Half Finale

Saving the best for last, the Cleveland Indians will start Trevor Bauer ($12,800) in this afternoon’s series and first-half finale against Masahiro Tanaka ($8,700).
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Bauer vs The Bombers

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As the anchor of Cleveland’s competent staff, Bauer has had less than positive results facing the Yankees. Over 9 career starts, the right-hander is 3-5 with a 4.06 ERA. Over 51 innings pitched against New York, Bauer has struck out 44, but walked 27. however. His current 168 strikeout total is 4th best in MLB, behind only Chris Sale, Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole.
 
For today’s lineup against Bauer, we’re going with Brett Gardner ($4,400) and Didi Gregorius ($4,100). Both have come down significantly in price from yesterday, but hey, somebody has to create that offense! We’re also going to add the big-swinging Kyle Higashioka ($3,300), who will be filling in for Romine &mash; who needs a rest after that mad dash around the bases.
 

Tanaka vs The Tribe

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Since joining the Yankees in 2014, Tanaka has had 4 starts against Cleveland, with a 1-2, 4.63 ERA record. In 21.1 innings, the right-hander has struck out 22, walked 4 and allowed 4 home runs.
 
Tanaka is inclined to give up the long ball and this lineup (and park) could be a volatile mix. The split has to be working and he needs to keep his pitches down. Tribe hitters to consider are Michael Brantley ($4,900), Edwin Encarnacion ($4,100) Francisco Lindor ($5,600), and Jose Ramirez ($5,800) — all hitting .400 or better against Tanaka, with Ramirez going 5-8.
 
NOTES: The Bronx Bombers reclaimed their 30-games over .500 mark last night with an improbable game-winning run produced by Austin Romine with an assist from Cleveland’s defense.

 
Remember this is for speculation only, not meant to be taken as gospel. And don’t forget to double-check your lineup(s) just prior to game time as the weather may create havoc for you. We exist under the manta that “You can’t predict baseball” but it’s fun trying. Good luck with your lineup and let’s go Yankees!

Clevinger Needs CG, Yanks Need Him Gone Early

Clevinger Needs CG, Yanks Need Him Gone Early

With CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.34 ERA) and Mike Clevinger (7-4, 3.34 ERA) facing off, the pivotal game three of the 4-game set between the Indians and Yankees begins at 7:15 EST / 4:15 PT today, and the plot line is simple. New York needs to get into the anemic Cleveland bullpen as early as possible, while Clevinger has to keep Yankee hitters off balance all night long, and hope his powerful offense can build up a bullpen-proof lead. Check out our Draft Kings cheatsheet for this contest. Continue Reading

Buck’s Boys Poised For Unthinkable Series Victory

Buck’s Boys Poised For Unthinkable Series Victory

The Yankees need to defeat the worst team in baseball to even their 4-game series, and limp out of Baltimore no worse than 3.5 games out of the AL East. Sonny Gray is charged with stopping the bleeding for New York, while Dylan Bundy takes the mound for the Orioles. Check out our fantasy baseball suggestions for this contest. Photo credit: Keith Allison. Continue Reading

Hurdle The Mediocre, Trample The Terrible. Or Else.

Hurdle The Mediocre, Trample The Terrible. Or Else.

Masahiro Tanaka is fresh off the DL and ready to take on the Baltimore Orioles. With Boston on the march, the Yankees can little afford another loss. The Bombers are also looking over their shoulder at the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners for possible post-season home field advantage positioning. The operative word is possible, and we touch on that, as well as our fantasy baseball skinny on tonight’s game. Continue Reading

Double-Trouble In Charm City

Double-Trouble In Charm City

Thanks to a rainout in Baltimore on May 31st, the Yankees and Orioles will play two today. CC Sabathia will take his regularly scheduled start in game one, while Luis Cessa was called up and will get another shot to impress in the nightcap. With the Red Sox surging, the Yankees can’t afford a letdown against a team that is 40 games under .500 — they need a sweep, no two ways about it. In on Draft Kings? Get a tip or two for your lineup. Continue Reading