By: Daniel Satter
Yesterday, Jake Odorizzi took the mound and defeated the Yankees for a must win with the season coming to a close. Odorizzi threw 6 innings allowing 3 earned runs off of 2 home runs. Odorizzi struck out 5 Yankees and walked only 3. With Odorizzi earning the win he improves his record to (8-8). Nick Franlkin had the big blast that gave the Rays a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning and then in the 8th inning JP Arencibia added 2 more insurance runs which extended the lead to 6-3.
Today, Chris Archer (12-11, 2.95) is going to take the mound and look to get revenge. The Yankees defeated Archer on September 6, 2015. Archer will look to win this game and help the Rays to build a winning streak to try and find a way into the second wild card spot. Archer has a tough task tonight, but owns the Yankees.
Next, Archer will go against the young Yankee phenom Luis Severino. Severino is taking the mound for his 8th career start. Severino’s last outing went south real quick against the powerful Blue Jays. Severino will look to win today so the Yankees can remain close to the Blue Jays in the AL East title race.
Look out: Chris Archer only needs 3 more strikeouts for this season to overpass Scott Kazmir’s single season record. Archer sits at 236 K’s.
The one batter Archer has to be careful with is the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury currently is hitting .667 (14-for-21) against Archer. Out of those 14 hits only 2 are extra base hits (1 double and 1 homer).
The Rays hitters will look to score more than 1 run against the young right hander. The Rays only got 1 run against him in his first start against Tampa. Tampa has to chase Severino out of the game early and get to that Yankee’s bullpen. One hitter to look out for on the Rays is Evan Longoria. Longoria has hit .333 average with 1 solo blast against Severino.