MLB Predictions: Will Yankees win another home game vs. Rays? 4/12/17

Severino made his season debut Friday in Baltimore and did not get a decision after allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. The left-handed pitcher got the start for the New York Yankees in their game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Montgomery opened with strikeouts of Steven Souza Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier, then walked Evan Longoria and allowed Weeks' long home run to left.

Montgomery was called up Monday afternoon, as announced by manager Joe Girardi, after beating out Luis Cessa, Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell - all of whom have prior major league starts.

He threw 93 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Michael Pineda was sharp Monday afternoon and there was no other word to describe the New York Yankees righthander on Opening Day in the Bronx It was nearly perfection and for the moment erased a question as to when he will finally step up? Pineda would recover quickly, as he struck out Brad Miller to end the seventh inning. NY is also 2-11 in Severino's last 13 starts, and 0-4 in Severino's last four starts with five days of rest.

"He just kind of pitched himself into it", Girardi told the Associated Press after NY beat the Rays 8-1 in its home opener.

It was sunny and 76 degrees at game time, more than double the 36 for last year's Yankee Stadium opener.

Others also helped the Yankees improve to 4-4. I say this was a C maybe even C + performance.

Montgomery will throw his first pitch at 1:05 PM against the 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays.

Slugger Aaron Judge must become a major part of the offense if the New York Yankees are to contend in the American League East and he has been productive the last two days with a pair of homers and three RBIs. The Rays' rotund righty started the sixth and back-to-back-to-back singles by Starlin Castro, Chase Headley, and Judge tied the game at 3-3.

While the Yankees try to get another win, the Rays will be looking for an improved showing in all facets Thursday night when the three-game series concludes at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda lost to Cobb last Wednesday, allowing four runs and eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings and giving up a first-inning home run to Corey Dickerson. Pineda bounced back to strike him out.

If anyone posed a threat to Pineda, it was the Rays' third baseman, who's slugged 33 career HRs against the Yankees. Montgomery tossed four ideal innings to close out a combined no-hitter with two other pitchers before making two starts. "I had just guessed slider on that pitch, and he made a mistake". Andriese matched his shortest start by going four innings for the third time since the start of last season.

  • Julie Sanders