Today would have been the Yankees’ final off day of the season if it weren’t for a rainout against the Kansas City Royals from earlier in the season. Instead of resting for the last week of the season, New York will welcome the Royals to Yankee Stadium for one game before the Rays get to town on Tuesday.
CC Sabathia gets the start for the Yankees after a strong start his last time out against the Twins. The left-hander pitched six innings of two-run ball against Minnesota and scattered six hits and one walk on his way to a win.
Sabathia is in the final year of his deal with the Yankees, and the health of his knee will likely determine whether or not he’ll call it quits when the season is up. He has pitched quite well this season with a 3.81 ERA, but whether or not he feels like his knees can sustain another season of pitching is a different story. If we’re watching the end, it has been great.
Opposite CC on the mound will be Jake Junis for the Royals. He has started 14 games for Kansas City this season with a 4.05 ERA and an 8-2 record. Junis has pitched better as of late, and really only turned in one clunker of an outing in which he allowed four runs in 2.1 innings against Cleveland.
Of particular note, Aaron Judge will tie Mark McGwire for the rookie home run record upon his next majestic dinger. He hit two against Toronto on Sunday, so it very well could come at any time. Here’s hoping he gets it out of the way early so he can set a new record that is all his own.