Tampa Bay Rays’ career numbers against Yankees’ top 4 starting pitchers

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With the Yankees adding the biggest free agent on the market to an already stacked roster, we take a look at how the pitching staff of the biggest threat in the AL East stacks up against the Tampa Bay Rays’ bats.

A wise philosopher once said, “in order to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man! Wooo!”

After going 7-12 against the 2019 AL-East Champion New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays hope to have made enough moves to give the Yankees a run for their money in 2020. Let’s take a look at how the Rays have performed against the Yankees’ top four starting pitchers in their careers.

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Gerrit Cole

Rays’ hitters have 76 career at-bats against Gerrit Cole in his career. They have slashed .224/.268/.368 against him with 30 strikeouts. Mike Zunino has the most career at-bats against the stud with 16, in those opportunities he has two hits and zero home runs.

Yandy Diaz only has three at-bats against the ace but he has two hits and one homer in his limited chances. Newly acquired Jose Martinez is slashing .375/.444/.500 against the highly paid pitcher. Ji-Man Choi has 2.067 OPS in his five at-bats.

Austin Meadows, Willy Adames, Kevin Kiermaier, and Hunter Renfroe have combined for 31 at-bats and produced two hits and 17 strikeouts.

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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka has faced the Rays a lot over the years and of the current players on the Rays roster, they are slashing a combined .243/.283/.438. It’s better than the results against Cole so far.

Kevin Kiermaier leads Tampa Bay in at-bats against the split-baller and also has one of the more impressive slash lines against him. Kiermaier is hitting .265/.306/.441 against the former Yankee ace.

Mike Zunino needs to be in the lineup against Tanaka. In 21 career at-bats, Zunino has a .286 average with a .985 OPS.

Austin Meadows is slugging .545 against him.

Willy Adames, Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, Michael Perez, Hunger Renfroe, and Daniel Robertson have combined for a career .149 average against Masahiro Tanaka.

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Luis Severino

The Tampa Bay Rays have 63 at-bats against Luis Severino resulting in a .222 total average with a .633 OPS. Kiermaier again has the most at-bats.

Unlike his results against Tanaka, it’s not good. KK is only hitting .120 against Severino with a .305 OPS. Joey Wendle is next on the list in at-bats with 12 but is only hitting .167.

Daniel Robertson has the Rays’ only home run against the Yankees starter.

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James Paxton

James Paxton has limited opportunities against the Rays and he has severely limited them in those chances.

In 34 total at-bats, the current Rays’ players only have six hits off of the big left-hander. Current Rays’ players are slashing .176/.176/.206 against Paxton with 16 strikeouts in 34 at-bats.

It’s no doubt the Yankees have a stacked starting rotation, but so do the Rays. It should be interesting to see these two teams go at it this season.

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