The Saturday MLB schedule will get underway with a matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees from the Bronx. Last night, Tampa Bay managed just four hits during a 5-0 defeat. SP Nathan Eovaldi allowed eight hits and five runs over seven plus frames for the Rays, who fell to five games below .500 overall.
Tampa Bay skipper Kevin Cash has yet to name a starter for this contest. The Rays have experimented with starting relievers and they rank 14th in team ERA at 3.90 runs allowed per game.
The New York Yankees have won 45 of their first 65 games to start the season and own the best record in the majors. On Friday, Didi Gregorius had three hits and blasted his 14th home run to power the New York offense. Rookie SP Jonathan Loaisiga struck out six batters over five innings to earn his first career major league victory.
Twenty-four year old righty Luis Severino (9-2 2.27 ERA) has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball. Through 91 innings of work, Severino has struck out 109 batters and owns a sparkling 0.96 WHIP.