Yankees ought to know by now that Rays aren’t going away
These Rays, these Rays, these Rays.
They’re the gum you possibly can’t get off your shoe, the hiccup you possibly can’t cease, the annoying highschool classmate who tracks you down regardless of what number of instances you alter your quantity.
They’re the Yankees’ common serving of humility, unprescribed and undesired.
There gained’t be yearlong perfection at Yankee Stadium by its chief occupant, and it certain appears to be like like there gained’t be a cakewalk to the American League East crown. Not with the Rays round to wreak havoc. Their first 2020 go to to The Bronx produced a 6-3 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday evening, ending their rivals’ six-game profitable streak in addition to a 10-0 begin to the season at dwelling. At 15-9, the Rays path the Yankees (16-7) by a recreation and a half, two within the loss column, they usually reside inside creeping distance thanks primarily to their 4-1 file in head-to-head motion.
“Beating the Yankees positively feels good,” profitable pitcher Blake Snell stated. “Even with out their stars in there, they’ve nonetheless obtained a large amount of gifted guys. Beating the Yankees all the time feels nice.”
Beating the Yankees, on the Rays’ half, supplied becoming bookends to the Yankees’ current dominance of the Braves (two straight wins) and Purple Sox (4 straight). Previous to Tuesday, the Yankees’ most up-to-date defeat got here on Aug. 9 — the final time they performed the Rays.
This collection opener supplied one of many two defining traits from the Tropicana Area matchup earlier this month: Very sturdy pitching by the Rays, as former American League Cy Younger Award winner Snell battled for 5 innings, permitting three runs, earlier than a quartet of relievers clocked a shutout inning apiece.
Snell alluded to the Yankees not being at full power; Giancarlo Stanton went down on the Trop, and Aaron Choose and DJ LeMahieu adopted. But these main losses didn’t halt the Yankees from posting main wins … till they crossed paths with the Rays once more.
That Masahiro Tanaka earned the loss, giving up six runs (5 earned) in four-plus innings, added extra shine to the Rays’ grins. Tanaka had posted a 1.64 ERA over 60 ¹/₃ innings in his prior 9 begins in opposition to these guys.
“Masahiro is a man that’s been actually powerful for us, and we adjusted slightly bit,” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money stated. “We have been prepared for some off-speed pitches. Being prepared for these off-speed pitches, dealing with them slightly bit, possibly allowed Brandon to get a fastball that he possibly usually wouldn’t have gotten.”
That will be lefty-swinging Brandon Lowe, the reigning AL Participant of the Week who crushed a Tanaka heater the opposite method for a three-run, third-inning homer that capped a four-run burst. Solo runs adopted within the fourth and fifth, and the guests made the empty Stadium appear even quieter.
“Taking part in with no followers, it positively takes it away from them,” Snell stated of the Yankees. “That’s positively a bonus they’ve [normally], having the ability to play at dwelling.” Though, to be honest, Snell missed the noise as properly, compensating for the traditional pregame hate by telling himself, as he warmed up within the bullpen, that he sucked.
“It was bizarre. It was quiet,” added Austin Meadows, who knocked out Tanaka with a fifth-inning solo homer. “I believe it’s the weirdest [pandemic] environment usually as a result of it’s Yankee Stadium. It’s a sold-out crowd nearly each recreation, and it’s empty.”
It was bizarre for these Yankees to lose at dwelling. However then once more, they hadn’t confronted the Rays right here but.
“It’s a giant win, for certain,” stated Money, whose staff has now gained 11 of 14. “We’re nonetheless behind them. They’ve obtained a ton of depth. We’re lucky that we began off [the series] with a win. We’ll look to come back again and put stress on them tomorrow.”
The stress doesn’t relent. Realizing that gained’t make eradicating these perpetual low-payroll pests any simpler for the Yankees.
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