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New York Yankees Series Preview: Yanks Head North Of The Border To Clash With Jays

Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka vs Aaron Sanchez

On the bump for the Yankees in Game 1 is Masahiro Tanaka, meaning we get to experience the second straight Tanaka Tuesday.

On Opening Day last week, New York’s ace surrendered two runs in 5.2 innings while striking out four against the Houston Astros. In two career starts at the Rogers Centre, the 27-year old Japanese Native is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

Sanchez is coming off a stellar outing against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday holding them to one run on five hits over seven innings of work.

Last year, Sanchez went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in six relief appearances against the Bombers.

Game 2: Michael Pineda vs J.A. Happ

The Yankees are very familiar with J.A. Happ, as this will be the tenth time they’ll be facing the lefty. New York has a .246/.315/.467 slash line against him including ten home runs.

Pineda is coming off a porous performance in which he got the win, but let up six earned runs in the process against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Last season, Pineda owned a 2.79 ERA in three starts with 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings against Toronto.

Game 3: Nathan Eovaldi vs Marcus Stroman

Stroman is already considered one of the most dominant starters in all of baseball, but he got roughed up in his last outing against the Boston Red Sox.

In 5.1 innings, the 24-year old stud gave up five runs on six hits and walked three. Stroman does have success against the Yankees however, as he owns a 4-1 record with a 2.43 ERA in five career starts.

Like Pineda, Eovaldi is also coming off a rough start against the Astros as he surrendered two home runs across five innings pitched.

His first year in pinstripes was stellar, but the first outing of his second season in New York was a dud so he’ll hope to re-write the script against the Jays on Thursday.