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New York Yankees Series Preview: Bombers Invade The Coliseum

Pitching Matchups:

Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.70 ERA) vs Kendall Graveman (1-5, 5.84 ERA)

Nova has pitched well in two starts since rejoining the rotation thanks in large part to the usage of his sinker. In the 10.1 innings pitched against the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox, Nova has maintained a 1.74 ERA.

In eight total appearances, he has a 3.70 ERA with a 4.4 K/9 ratio and has made a case to remain in the rotation when CC Sabathia Returns from his groin injury.

Graveman has surrendered at least four earned runs his last four outings and in the past two, he has given up five home runs. The last time he won a ballgame was against these Yankees on April 20th.

In that outing, Graveman struck out eight batters while only surrendering one run in 6.1 innings of work.

CC Sabathia (2-2, 3.81 ERA) vs Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.84 ERA)

Barring any game time decision, Sabathia should get his first start since landing himself a spot on the disabled list with a groin injury.

The big lefty is coming off an outing in which he went seven scoreless frames en route to a victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He has struggled at the Coliseum, however, as he is 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA in 15 starts.

Gray has been shaky in 2016 and is attempting to get on track. The anchor of this A’s pitching staff has yet to record a victory as he owns a 5.84 ERA so far.

In his three career starts against the Yankees, Gray is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.51 ERA) vs Sean Manaea (1-1, 7.91)

Last time out against the Chicago White Sox, Tanaka struggled with his splitter but was still able to keep his team in the game. In five innings of work, the righty surrendered four runs on eight hits while striking out seven but walked three hitters.

Manaea is fresh off his first major league win and is seeking to build on the amazing accomplishment. The rookie left-hander allowed one run in 6.2 innings of work but it wasn’t enough to bring his astronomical ERA down to planet Earth.

In his first four games in the show, he has surrendered four home runs and has given up 17 runs in his 19.1 total innings pitched.

Michael Pineda (1-5, 6.60 ERA) vs Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

There aren’t many of them here in 2016, but one of Big Mike’s best starts came against the Oakland A’s on April 19th.

In that outing, Pineda struck out seven while only allowing two runs in six innings of work. Since then, his ERA is a 9.38 in five starts.

Hahn returned from a demotion to the minor leagues and dazzled in 6.2 innings by only allowing three runs. He is still shaky, however, as he has allowed 21 hits in 18.2 innings and has surrendered three home runs in three starts.