New York Yankees: Phillies Series Preview/Predictions

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Game Four

New York Yankees @ Philadelphia Phillies

Masahiro Tanaka vs. TBD

Thursday, August 5th, 6:05 pm

In game four, the Yankees will throw Masahiro Tanaka out on the mound who made his first start of the season this past week against the Red Sox. Tanaka missed his first start of the season after taking a line drive to the head in Summer Camp.

Luckily for the Yankees, the incident wound up being the best-case scenario as Tanaka missed only one start and was able to return against the Red Sox last week.

In his lone start this season, Tanaka went only 2.2 innings as he seemed to be on a restriction to see how he would fare early on. In 2.2 innings, Tanaka allowed four hits and two earned runs, while walking one and striking out three.

Not great, but also not horrible, and in game two I would expect to see Tanaka last a little longer as Aaron Boone lets go of the leash a little bit.

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For the Phillies, we still don’t know who will take the mound yet, but if Nola pitches in game two, and wheeler pitches in game three, I believe it will be Vince Velasquez in game four.

Velasquez has made one start this season, and it was in a horrible game where he allowed three hits, walked two and gave up four earned runs in only three innings pitched. If he failed to make it to the fourth inning against the Marlins, I couldn’t imagine it would be much better against the Yankees, who are known to feast on bad pitching.

Prediction: Yankees win 8-3

In game four I think the Yankees will just tear the cover off the baseball, and win in dominating fashion. If it is Vince Velasquez who starts for the Phillies, I could see the Yankees taking him out of the ballgame before the fifth inning and making his ERA even worse than the 12.00 it currently is.

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As for the Yankees, I could see Tanaka going deep into the game as Boone allows him to go until he can’t anymore in his second start of the season. Overall, I just see the Yankees being dominant in game four and leaving with a 3-1 series win.