Translation…. inter-division games can kill a team’s chances for playoff berth, so the Yankees cannot lose this series for starters.
In all honesty, handing the ball to RHP Dustin Moseley is risky because he brings no stability on the mound.
Moseley has fared better because Yankees bats have backed him by scoring runs. This will be essential once again, as Moseley is no match for the homerun hitting Blue Jays.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista has demolished the Yankees in 2010, hitting six homers and 12 RBIs with a .511 on-base percentage. Against Moseley, the slugger is 0 and 4, striking-out once and walked one time as well.
Moseley has made five starts since Andy Pettitte hit the DL, pitched 29 innings, allowing 16 earned runs, seven homeruns, with 14 strikeouts and 10 walks. Problem is Moseley has only had three strikeouts, while allowing four homeruns and eight hits in his latest two outings.
The Blue Jays are countering with LHP Mark Rzepczynski, who is even more inexperienced than Moseley, making his fifth start for Toronto.
Rzepczynski is 1-1 over four starts in 2010. He mirrors Moseley with an ERA 4.76.
On the season, in Rzepczynski 22.2 innings pitched he’s allowed 12 earned runs, two homeruns, but has struck-out 19 batters.
His last start was awful, as Rzepczynski has zero strikeouts, giving up 5 hits, with three runs scoring before getting pulled in the fourth inning.
Yankees need to watch for Rzepczynski’s change-up, as that is his strongest pitch but only if he can execute it.
Yankees need to run on base-pads against Blue Jays catcher Jose Molina. This is not easy, but the Yankees know Molina and the Blue Jays don’t focus on runners as much as they should.
With Derek Jeter back in line-up, the Yankees will win 6-1.
Moseley will get the win over Rzepczynski, but this is a close call.
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