Series preview: Four-game set with the Indians starts tonight

Yanks vs CLE The Yankees current winning ways started in Cleveland last week. New York has won six of its last seven, and hope to keep adding numbers to that ‘W’ column when the Indians start a four-game series at Yankee Stadium today.

Here’s a glance at each game in the series:

Thursday, August 20: RHP Ivan Nova vs. RHP Josh Tomlin

Nova has shown signs of improvement recently, having one real tough outing in his last five. For many of the Indians batters, this is their first look at Nova. The only Cleveland player with any amount of significant at-bats against him is Mike Aviles, and he has only had eight appearances against Nova.

Tomlin is making just his second start of the season. He’s gone through a series of injuries and rehab assignments in the last couple of years.

Matchup to watch: Ryan Raburn vs. Nova: 3-for-5, 1.200 OPS. Mark Teixeira (if he can play) vs. Tomlin: 4-for-13 with two home runs.

Friday, August 21: RHP Masahiro Tanaka vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco

Tanaka’s arm did not fall off this season despite what the doctors at the local papers were telling you. In fact, Tanaka is having a fine season and is coming off his best performance of the year having thrown a complete game and striking out eight against the Blue Jays on August 15.

Carrasco has pitched very well as of late. He has a 1.36 ERA in his last four games with 29 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Matchup to watch: Michael Brantley has done well in his brief time against Tanaka.

Saturday, August 22: RHP Luis Severino vs. RHP Danny Salazar

The Yankees rookie continues to do well despite his 0-2 record. He has a 3.18 ERA in three games. In his last outing, he struck out nine in six innings.

Salazar is going through a great stretch of pitching right now. Since July 10 (seven games), he has a 1.45 ERA with a .147 batting against average. He struck out 48 and walked 16 in 49.2 innings.

Key matchups: Salazar has done well against the current Yankees lineup. This may be their toughest matchup of the weekend.

Sunday, August 23: LHP CC Sabathia vs. RHP Trevor Bauer

Sabathia is inconsistent this year. He will have an outing where things look good for the big lefty, but he runs into trouble again quickly.

Bauer has struggled as of late. He’s given up four, six and five runs, respectively, with five home runs in his last three games.

Key matchup: Mike Aviles vs. Sabathia 8-for-23 (.342); Carlos Santana vs. Sabathia 5-for-13 (.385).