The Yankees dropped game two of their four game set on Friday night, where an impressive offensive comeback couldn’t overcome a bad Michael Pineda start. Looking to guarantee at least a split today, the Yankees will face Joe Biagini, a former Rule 5 pick who has spent most of his career in the bullpen before being made a starter to bolster an injury-depleted Blue Jays rotation.
Biagini features three pitches, with his only real plus pitch an A grade curveball. He’s struggled with length in his starts, as is to be expected with former relievers, so hopefully the Yankees will be able to jump on him the second or third time through.
Jordan Montgomery will counter, facing a right-handed heavy Jays lineup. Gumby has scuffled a bit facing powerful lineups (Baltimore, Houston), but then most pitchers do. I wonder how many tips he took from CC Sabathia after the latter’s Thursday start. Both pitchers are left-handers without the velocity to blow it past a hitter, which should mean their approach to the Jays lineup would be similar.
I want to beat the Jays more than any other team in baseball, and I think we’d all like to see another 12 run game for the Yankees.
First pitch is at 1:07 pm, on YES and WFAN.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Aaron Hicks - CF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Aaron Judge - RF||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Matt Holliday - DH||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Chase Headley - 3B||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Austin Romine - C||Darwin Barney - LF|
|Rob Refsnyder - 1B||Luke Maile - C|
|Jordan Montgomery - LHP||Joe Biagini - RHP|