It is September 28th, 2017...just six years removed from the greatest night in baseball history, and the Rays and Yankees are meeting up once again with a rookie taking on the ace pitcher of a staff.
That’s where the similarities end.
Tonight, Jake Faria will be taking the mound for the final time during the 2017 MLB season. The rookie has produced a tremendous rookie campaign, albeit a few stumbles along the way, but his performance early on helped propel the team into a playoff contender.
Facing Faria on the mound will be Sonny Gray, whom the Yankees acquired at the trade deadline in exchange for a trio of prospects. Since joining the Yankees, Gray has seen a surge in homeruns allowed (to be expected with the switch from Oakland to New York), but his other results have been solid.
Gray will come at opposing hitters with a fastball and sinker, sitting in the low to mid 90’s. He’ll back that us with a devastating slider that opponents are hitting just .141 off this season. His curveball, which has usually been his best pitch, has been a concern for him this year with opponents hitting over .300 against him whenever he goes to that pitch.
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Mallex Smith - RF||Brett Gardner - LF|
|Corey Dickerson - DH||Aaron Judge - RF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Gary Sanchez - C|
|Lucas Duda - 1B||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|Wilson Ramos - C||Starlin Castro - 2B|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Greg Bird - 1B|
|Daniel Robertson - 2B||Chase Headley - DH|
|Cesar Puello - LF||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|Peter Bourjos - CF||Todd Frazier - 3B|
|Jacob Faria - RHP||Sonny Gray - RHP|