WC Home Field Locked, East Still In Play; Sevy Takes Mound

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With a start tonight, Luis Severino will be on schedule to pitch in Monday night’s Wild Card play-in game, presumably against the Minnesota Twins. But — and a big but — the Red Sox might make the pennant race a little more interesting. With their home loss to Toronto last night and New York’s 6-1 win over Tampa their lead is back down to three games with five to play. If the impossible does happen and say the Yankees tie the Sawx, the one-game playoff would take place in Yankee Stadium thanks to New York winning the season series against Boston.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 vs Tampa Bay Rays

Key Stats At-A-Glance

Money Line : Rays +236, Yankees -258
Over/Under : 8.5
Line Moves : Late dineros coming in on New York
Park Factors : Yankee Stadium is considered a hitter’s park.
Weather : 79°, partly cloudy, Wind E 7MPH, 15% chance of rain.

Trends

  • The Yankees are 11-6 versus Tampa in 2017 (7-1 at home).
  • The Rays are 1-7 over their last seven games at Yankee Stadium.
  • The Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 road games.

Matt Andriese vs The Yankees

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Matt Andriese (5,400) : The 28-year old Redlands, CA native Matthew Lee Andriese was selected by the Texas Rangers in 37th round of the 2006 MLB draft, but didn’t sign and went back to school. Smart move as he was drafted (and signed with) the San Diego Padres in the third round of the 2011 draft. Before seeing a day in the majors with San Diego, Andriese (along with Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger and Matt Lollis) was traded to Tampa for Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn in January of 2014.
His toolbox relies mostly on his 92MPH four-seam fastball and 86MPH changeup, with a low 80s curveball and an 97MPH cutter at his disposal. Andriese’s four-seam results in a lot of fly balls, while is complimentary pitches actually produce a higher than league average percentage of ground balls. The right-hander got off to a solid start early in 2017 but did a stint on the 60-Day DL with hip-related issues.
 
Here’s who to consider in today’s lineup.

  • Aaron Judge ($5,700) : As Judge keeps his MVP-consideration going in September, the all-time rookie home run leader sees Andriese at a .556 clip with a double and two home runs.
  • Gary Sanchez ($5,000) : The Kracken is 3-7 (.429) against the Tampa righty with a home run. Sanchez is raking in September with a .338 BA (25 hits in 74 ABs) along with five doubles and five home runs.
  • Greg Bird ($3,500) : Bird will be hitting 6th in tonight’s lineup and bringing a hot bat the plate. You know something up is up when a player’s DK salary starts climbing! Still a solid value pick.
  • Brett Gardner ($3,200) : Gardy is 4-9 (.444) with a double against Andriese, and has hit Tampa pitching well overall this season — 16-57 (.281) with a double, triple, nine walks, three home runs and 7 RBI.
  • Chase Headly ($3,200) : Head will be sending a personal limo to make sure Andriese gets to The Stadium on time. Headley, whose strong second-half continues, has solid numbers against him — 5-14, .357 with a double and two home runs.

Luis Severino vs The Tampa Bay Rays

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Luis Severino ($12,400) : Severino (13-6, 3.03 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) will be making his third start against Tampa tonight, and his first since May 19th, were he struck out seven over five innings but did not figure in the decision. On April 12th, he picked up his first win of the season in a strong seven inning outing with 11 strikeouts.
He’s had a solid September, going 2-0 (2.25) in four starts with wins over Boston (and Chris Sale) and Baltimore. In his last outing against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on September 20th he was not sharp at all and was pulled after three innings with his pitch count at 71.
Here’s who Severino needs to be careful with in the Rays lineup:

  • Evan Longoria ($3,100) : Longo is hitting .294 off Severino with 5-17, one home run and a double. Decent price for a long ball threat, especially given the fact Longoria loves to hit at The Stadium (35 career home runs, second only to Toronto’s Joey Bautista who has 36).

 
Upon completion of today’s game, the Yankees have one more against the Tampa Bay Rays, then close the regular season out with three games against the Toronto Blue Jays at The Stadium.
 
THE FINE PRINT : The fantasy lineup suggestions are purely speculation and should not be taken as gospel. Anything can and will happen in a baseball game, but this content is designed to provide a starting point for your lineup research. Best of luck, and let’s go Yankees!

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