Game 104: Yanks look to Nova to stop the red-hot Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have been the best team in baseball since May.

During their hot streak they’ve gone from being in fourth place in the American League East to leap frogging over the Red Sox last night and landing in first place alone for the first time since June 2012.

On the flip side, the Yankees have been under .500 during that same span and the only teams worst than them between May and right now at this moment are the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.

Last night, CC Sabathia helped the Rays make that jump into first place by giving up six runs in the second inning and never allowing his team a chance of even being in the game. Sure, they were a couple of times the Yankees could have made it a game but these are the 2013 Yankees, normal rules don’t apply to them.

So can Ivan Nova stop the Rays for a day? In six starts against the Rays at Yankee Stadium, Nova is 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

Can Tampa rookie Chris Archer quiet the Yankee bats and get his fourth straight win on the bump for Tampa?

Here are the lineups:

Go Yankees!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.