Los Angeles Dodgers Visit New York Yankees: Lineups, Preview, Predictions 2
Noah K. Murray, USATSI

After a loss on Sunday afternoon, the Yankees look to turn a new page entering Monday night against the Dodgers.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (80-62)
  • New York Yankees (76-66)
  • Interleague, 7:05 PM ET, YES Network
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

The New York Yankees are looking to rebound from Sunday’s loss, but the Dodgers will not be looking to go down easy, as they are in the midst of a pennant chase.

Considering that the Yankees and Dodgers have not played each other since 2013, these three games should bring very interesting matchups we have not seen before.

Tonight, the Yankees send Bryan Mitchell to the mound, who is looking to continue his success from his previous start.

Mitchell is coming off his first start of the season on Wednesday, where he gave the Yankees five strong innings limiting Toronto to no runs and four hits. It was a very impressive debut for Mitchell, especially being that he hadn’t pitched at the MLB level all season due to injury.

Opposing Mitchell will be Dodgers rookie Jose de Leon who, like Mitchell, will be making his second start of the season.

De Leon was average in his MLB debut, giving up three earned runs and striking out nine batters in six innings. He is currently ranked as the Dodgers second best prospect, according to MLB.com so he will definitely pose a threat to the Yankee lineup.

What Happened Yesterday?

On Sunday afternoon, the Yankees were unable to complete the four-game sweep of the Rays, losing in game four, 4-2.

Luis Cessa did not give the Yankees the start they were looking for, in five and two-thirds of an inning pitched, Cessa gave up four runs. The home run has hurt Cessa all season and on Sunday that problem was only magnified, as the Rays hit three home runs off of Cessa in an upsetting outing.

The offense was not that spectacular either, compared to what we have seen from them in previous games of the series. The team went 1-for-5 with RISP as well as leaving six runners on base. The only bright spots came from a solid day from Brett Gardner, as well as a Chase Headley solo home run.

After the loss, the New York Yankees are now two games back of the second wild-card spot, as they look to regain some momentum entering this three game set with the first place Dodgers.

Player To Watch:

Brett Gardner

Gardner is one of the hottest hitters in the Yankees lineup as of late, providing them with a spark in the leadoff spot.

On Sunday, Gardner went 3-for-4 but it seemed like he was the only one in the Yankee lineup actually getting hits against the Rays pitching.

In his last 12 games, Gardner is batting .349/.420/.395 which is promising for him to continue his recent success in tonight’s game.

Bold Prediction:

The Yankees will defeat the Dodgers by a score of 7-2, riding a hot wave of offense carried by Gardner who will go 2-for-4 with a three run home run.

NEXT: Is this Yankees Run Too Little Too Late?

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