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MLB: New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays | 22 June, 7:10 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

NEW YORK YANKEES: 

C | Kyle Higashioka 

FB | Anthony Rizzo 

SB | DJ LeMahieu 

S | Isaiah Kiner-Falefa 

TB | Josh Donaldson 

LF | Joey Gallo 

CF | Aaron Hicks 

RF | Aaron Judge 

DH | Giancarlo Stanton 

 

TAMPA BAY RAYS: 

C | Mike Zunino 

FB | Yandy Diaz 

SB | Brandon Lowe 

S | Wander Franco 

TB | Taylor Walls 

LF | Randy Arozarena 

CF | Kevin Kiermaier 

RF | Manuel Margot 

DH | Ji-Man Choi 

 

 

7:10 AM Philippine Standard time at St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s expected that Jordan Montgomery and Shane Baz will be the pitchers at the Yankees versus Rays showdown at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.   

 

When looking at the New York Yankees, it is no doubt that they are the superstars of the league. Currently, they hold first place in the American League East Division with a total of 49 wins and only 17 losses. What’s even more impressive is their nine-win streak and only one loss in the last 10 games that they’ve played. Jordan Montgomery is the perfect middle-of-the-rotation arm, who despite not being an ace pitcher, is able to consistently miss major league bats with great control and command of the game. His earned run average is at 2.72, and he holds a 0.95 WHIP, with a win-lose score of 3-1. Another player the Rays would need to keep a close watch for is batting leader Aaron Judge. He is currently the batting leader for home runs (25), batting average (.305), and runs batted in (50). With superstar players and a glorious nine-game winning streak, the Rays have much to do if they want to win this week's game. In terms of injuries for the New York Yankees, they’ve got Domingo German (60-Day IL), Aroldis Chapman (15-Day IL), Stephen Ridings (60-Day IL),  and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (Day-To-Day) sitting out this game.  

 

On the side of Tampa Bay, the Rays are not too far away from the Yankees in the AL East standings at third place. They hold 36 wins and 30 losses. However, it has been a rough 10 games recently for the team as they have only won three of them and have conceded the remaining seven.  However, the home pitch advantage should help ease the Rays’ concerns and give them the moral strength needed to bat up against the Yankees. Pitcher Shane Baz carries an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 0.96. The Devil Ray’s batting leaders include Kevin Kiermaier, Yandy Diaz, and Ji-Man Choi. Kiermaier holds seven home runs, with an average of .230. Diaz holds a .275 batting average, and Ji-Man Choi has 34 runs batted in. The injured players for Tampa Bay include Mike Zunino (10-Day IL), Brandon Lowe (10-Day IL), Wander Franco (10-Day IL), and Chris Mazza (60-Day IL). 

 

Overall, the Yankees have had a phenomenal last 10 games, with a nine-game winning streak, and it is not looking like they are going to be slowing down anytime soon. The Tampa Bay Rays have been having a rough couple of games so far, and thus it is looking like Game 9 will be in the favor of the Yankees.  

 

7:10 AM, June 22, 2022. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.  

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