Yanks Eye Sweep of Twins
After yet another return to .500, the 34-34 Yankees will send Nate Eovaldi (6-3, 4.90) to the bump against Ervin Santana (1-7, 5.10) and the 20-48 Minnesota Twins for the sweep.
I'm not here to tell you that this team is "back" because that was said the past two times they BATTLED back to .500. The truth regarding the state of the 2016 New York Yankees is that they could very well just be a mediocre team. Personally, I do not think that's the case, but they have not showed much to make fans believe otherwise.
The next week coming up for the Yanks is absolutely pivotal. This afternoon's game must be won. Plain and simple. Ervin Santana has been terrible and has a 5-9 record with a 6.22ERA against them in 17 career starts. While Eovaldi has been equally as bad, posting a 9.22ERA since May 29, this is a perfect opportunity for him to get back on track. It'd be nice to leave Minnesota with a four-game sweep of the suckish Twins and go home to face the Rockies again.
Yesterday, the lineup showed resiliency as they overcame a 4-0 deficit behind two huge hits from Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez.
The bullpen was shaky later on as the Twins hit two solo shots in the 9th, but ultimately they hung on for the 7-6 victory. The lineup looks as follows for today, and boy would it be nice to get a win and head home.