9/9 Rays vs. Yankees Preview

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Rays @ Yankees
7:05 pm ET
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
Rays Probable Pitcher:

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Jeff Niemann
#34 RHP
(12-5) 3.67 154.1 IP 58 SO 1.283 WHIP
Last Start: 9/4 vs. DET: ND, 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR
Away (Season): (7-3) 4.47 ERA 1.371 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): GS (0-0) 5.40 ERA 2.100 WHIP 
Team Record in Starts: 16-9
Run Support: 6.39 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Nick Swisher (5)
Best BA: Derek Jeter, Ramiro Peña (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most H: Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Nick Swisher, Ramiro Peña (1)
Most HR: None
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Joba Chamberlain
#62 RHP
(8-5) 4.41 ERA 136.2 IP 117 SO 1.529 WHIP
Last Start: 9/4 @ TOR: L, 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP
Home (Season): (3-3) 5.38 ERA 1.629 WHIP
Vs. Rays (Season): 2 GS (1-0) 1.93 ERA 0.786 WHIP
Team Record in Starts: 17-9
Run Support: 6.04 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Rays):
Most PA: B.J. Upton (10)
Best BA: Jason Batlett (.500, 3 for 6)
Most H: Jason Bartlett (3)
Most HR: None
Keys to the Game:
  1. Take First Pitch: Even after Niemann throws a first pitch strike, batters are hitting .295. So, if your the Yankees, don’t swing at the first pitch. Even if it’s a strike, it’s no big deal. Might as well run up his pitch count.
  2. Get Men On: With men on base, opposing batters are hitting .296 off Niemann. 
  3. Big 2: In the second inning, Niemann has given up 17 runs -the most for any inning – and batters are hitting .306. If the Yankees can have a big second inning and get ahead early, that would give them a great chance to win.
Rays: (72-67)

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Bartlett SS
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Zobrist 2B
Burrell DH
Richard 1B
Gross RF
Navarro C
Upton CF
Pitching: Jeff Niemann RHP
Yankees: (90-50)

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Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Gardner CF
Molina C
Pitching: Joba Chamberlain RHP

All stats provided by Baseball-Reference

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