7/26: NYY 6 HOU 3

So after criticizing the Yankees offense, they come out and explode for thirteen hits and scored six runs in a victory in game two against the Astros. Aaron Hicks, of all people, broke the game open with a two run triple – his first of the season. But, once again, the Yankee’s starting pitching kept the team in the game. C.C. Sabathia earned his first victory of the month with a solid 6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K line. Using the same bullpen formula, minus Aroldis Chapman, Joe Girardi went to Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller to keep the game at bay and seal the win. New York improves to 8-2 over its last ten, and suddenly see themselves only 3 ½ games out of the Wild Card.

Look ahead:
The Yankees will look to go for the sweep, as they turn to the ace Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has been what the Yankees are looking for lately. Over his last seven starts, he’s gone 7-0, 2.84 ERA, 44 IP, with 41 Ks. Opposing him will be Lance McCullers (4-4, 3.33 ERA), who will be making his first career start against the Yanks. If the Yankees can pull off the sweep, it will be only the second time that Houston has gotten swept this season (May 22-24). That tells you the pulse of this Yankee team as of July 27th.

Lineups:

NYY
1. Brett Gardner, LF (L)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (L)
3. Carlos Beltran, DH (S)
4. Brian McCann, C (L)
5. Mark Teixeira, 1B (S)
6. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)
7. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
8. Chase Headley, 3B (S)
9. Aaron Hicks, RF (S)

HOU
1. George Springer, DH (R)
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (S)
3. Jose Altuve, 2B (R)
4. Carlos Correa, SS (R)
5. Colby Rasmus, RF (L)
6. Preston Tucker, LF (L)
7. Alex Bregman, 3B (R)
8. Carlos Gomez, CF (R)
9. Jason Castro, C (L)

Written by: Alex Cammarata 

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