After a brutal weekend, the Yankees took a much needed day off yesterday to lick their wounds and prepare for a series against the Angels. The Halos took two out of three from the Yankees in the badlands of the west coast, but hopefully the Bombers return to their winning ways back at Yankee Stadium. They’ve been terrific at home all year.
Here are your pitching matchups for the three game set:
Game One: Michael Pineda vs Parker Bridwell
The Yankees were supposed to see Matt Shoemaker in the series opener, but he just landed on the 10-day disabled list. Shoemaker strained his right forearm extensor during his last start against New York last week.
Instead, the Angels turn to the rookie right-hander Bridwell. He gave up a run in 3.2 innings of relief against the Bombers. No one in the Yankees lineup have more than two career at-bats against Bridwell, so we’ll see how they fare against a fairly new opponent.
Pineda will take the mound for the Yankees, who will likely find the Yankee Stadium mound a welcoming sight. Big Mike has been much better at home this year, and his last start against the Angels was a rough one. He allowed five runs and only recorded one strikeout. Pineda will have to watch out for Yunel Escobar, who is batting .417 with a couple of home runs in his career against him.
Game Two: Ricky Nolasco vs Jordan Montgomery
Nolasco has had a rough season for the Angels, as he carries a 2-8 record with a 5.01 ERA into the middle game of the series. He’s had a hard time retiring the red-hot Didi Gregorius, who has 11 hits in 22 at-bats against the right-hander The Yankees didn’t see Nolasco last week, but he is coming off a rough start in which he surrendered five runs on 10 hits through six innings against a weak Royals lineup.
Montgomery is coming off a tough start of his own. The southpaw allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings against Oakland this weekend. He’ll look to rebound on Wednesday night. Nobody on the Angels has faced Montgomery before in their careers.
Game Three: Jesse Chavez vs Luis Severino
Unlike Nolasco, Chavez had a solid outing against the Royals in his last start. He allowed just two runs over seven innings despite receiving the loss. He is 5-7 with a 4.85 ERA this season and has little experience against the current Yankees roster. That said, Gary Sanchez took him deep the only time they faced each other.
Severino had a tough night out west on Friday — to be fair, everyone on the Yankees did — when he allowed four runs over six innings. He also walked four batters, the highest mark of his career. To his credit, all four runs came in the second inning, and he settled down nicely after that. We’ll see if he can carry some of that momentum into the series finale, and will hopefully find himself in a position to secure a much needed series win for the Bombers.