Game 58 – El Nuno verses Jesse Chavez

There is nothing like home cooking for the Yankees. Errr…maybe not. Maybe more than two runs would be good…just to change things up a little. With Vidal Nuno on the bump for the Yankees, more than two runs might be downright necessary.

Nuno’s home / road splits are not pretty and batters are putting up a .998 OPS against him at home. Even more surprising are his splits against left-handed batters. You would think as a lefty Nuno would be putting those batters away, but the opposite is the case, Lefty batters are hitting to the tune of a 1.155 OPS against him. Eek! Hide the children! All nine of the home runs he has allowed this season have been at Yankee Stadium and his strikeout to walk ratio is cut in half at home.

See Katie Sharp’s excellent article for more about Nuno and pitching at Yankee Stadium.

Jesse Chavez was an early surprise for the A’s but has run into some harder times lately. He too is a bit homer-prone and his 2.78 ERA is a bit misleading since his FIP is some seventy points higher. Two runs will not cut it this game, so some of those dingers would be welcomed.

The Yankee bullpen will come into play tonight with Nuno pitching and the Yankees got some reinforcements. An old man’s blood pressure will certainly benefit from not seeing Mr. Aceves coming out of the bullpen.

The lineups:

Oakland Athletics

  1. Craig Gentry – CF
  2. Jed Lowrie – SS
  3. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  5. Derek Norris – C
  6. Brandon Moss – RF
  7. Kyle Blanks – 1B
  8. Alberto Callaspo – DH
  9. Nick Punto – 2B

P – Jesse Chavez

New York Yankees

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Brian McCann – DH
  6. Yangervis Solarte – 3B
  7. Brian Roberts – 2B
  8. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  9. John Ryan Murphy – C

P – Vidal Nuno

Clouds are supposed to roll into the Bronx as the evening goes on, but the rain should hold off until well after the game and temperatures will hover in the low 70s. The game starts at 7:05 and can be seen locally on the YES Network and ESPN2 out of town.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

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