Juan Soto Aims to Extend Hitting Streak as Yankees Face Rays

Yankees' Soto faces Rays' Civale in crucial AL East clash, as both teams look to gain early-season advantage in the division.

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Juan Soto Aims to Extend Hitting Streak as Yankees Face Rays

Juan Soto Aims to Extend Hitting Streak as Yankees Face Rays

On April 21, 2024, Juan Soto, leading the New York Yankees with a.354 batting average, five home run player, and 20 RBI, will face Tampa Bay Rays starter Aaron Civale at 1:35 PM ET on BSSUN. Soto is aiming to extend his four-game hitting streak as the Yankees (14-7) take on the Rays (12-10) at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are favored (-130 on the moneyline) to win the game, with Luis Gil (0-1) taking the mound for New York Bay and Aaron Civale (2-1) starting for Tampa Bay. The teams played each other yesterday, with the Rays winning 2-0. Jason Adam picked up the win for the Rays, while Caleb Ferguson took the loss for the Yankees.

Soto, the 25-year-old Dominican star, has been impressive for the Yankees this season, with a league-high.468 on-base percentage and a 1.068 OPS in 20 games. Despite the Yankees' 14-7 record and being at the top of the AL East, they lost 2-0 to the Rays in the latest game, with Soto recording two hits, including a double. The Yankees' offense struggled, with Soto being the only one to contribute significantly.

Civale has struck out 6+ batters in three of four starts this season and is going up against a Yankees lineup that's been swinging and missing a lot lately. The Rays righty has shown promise this season, with a sinker-sweeper combo that has been tough on right-handed hitters like Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Giancarlo Stanton, who have combined for 25 strikeouts in the Yankees' last seven games.

Why this matters: The series between the two AL East rivals will be decided in this game, with both teams looking to gain an early-season advantage in the division. Soto's performance and the Yankees' ability to bounce back from their recent offensive struggles will be key factors in determining the outcome.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone expressed confidence that Judge, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the previous game, will bounce back, stating, "It's hitting, man. We'll scratch our heads, and then you'll look up in a few weeks and, wow, Aaron Judge is Aaron Judge." The game will be broadcast on BSSUN, with the Yankees aiming to secure a vs today win against their division rivals.

Key Takeaways

  • Juan Soto leads Yankees with .354 BA, 5 HR, 20 RBI vs Rays on 4/21/24.
  • Yankees (-130) host Rays, with Gil (0-1) vs Civale (2-1) in a key AL East matchup.
  • Soto aims to extend 4-game hitting streak as Yankees look to bounce back from 2-0 loss.
  • Civale's sinker-sweeper combo poses challenge for Yankees' power hitters like Judge, Torres.
  • Game outcome could provide early-season division advantage for either AL East rival.