New York Yankees: Braves Series Preview/Predictions

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Game Two

Atlanta Braves @ New York Yankees

Kyle Wright vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Wednesday, August 12th, 7:05 pm

On Wednesday night the Yankees will put Masahiro Tanaka on the mound who has done a solid job in his two starts since returning from injury. In his first start, Tanaka appeared to be on a leash as he was pulled after only 2.2 innings despite giving up only four hits and one earned run.

In game two he was given some more leeway, and because of it, he put the Yankees in a great position to get a win. Tanaka went five innings in his second start of the season and allowed only one baserunner after giving up a hit in the first. Tanaka also struck out five but didn’t get any help from his bats as the Yankees didn’t score and went onto lose 1-0.

Why Tanaka was pulled after allowing only one baserunner and 59 pitches in five innings, is a bit of a mystery. But it is surely a good sign after his first start when he went only 2.2 innings with four hits and an earned run.

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As for the Braves, they’ll put Kyle Wright on the mound who holds an 0-2 record through three starts. Through three starts, Wright holds a 6.75 ERA while lasting only 12.0 total innings.

Wright has allowed nine earned runs, 15 hits, and 10 walks while striking out 11. Not great to say the least, and it’s not going to get easier for Wright who will now be faced with a Yankees lineup that includes Aaron Judge who has hit a league-best eight home runs through 16 games.

Prediction: Yankees win 6-2

In game two I see the Yankees showing off the bats a little more than they did in game one. Against Wright, they’ll be able to impress a bit more as he hasn’t been the Braves’ best pitcher so far this season holding an 0-2 record through three starts.

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As for Masahiro Tanaka, he was very impressive in his second start of the season against the Rays, and I don’t see a reason why he would be any different against Atlanta. Expect to see Tanaka go around six innings while hopefully getting help from his bats this time around, ultimately leading to his first win of the 2020 season.