The Yankees rolled yesterday afternoon, and now they will head to the field looking to take three of four and the series from the Blue Jays. They are in fine position to do just that with their ace, Luis Severino, on the mound.
Severino has started off 2018 excellently, posting a 2.63 ERA over his first four starts. He’s struck out 28 in 24 innings, walked eight, and hasn’t allowed a home run. He’ll be opposed by old friend Jaime Garcia. Garcia struggled during his stint with the Yankees in 2017, but has been solid this year, with a 3.86 ERA in his first three starts. He’s struck out 17 in 16.1 innings, but has been susceptible to the long ball, having yielded four home runs.
The real story, though, is the promotion of Gleyber Torres. After promising not to start a pair of rookies at third and second base on Opening Day, the Yankees are set to do just that three weeks into the year, with Miguel Andujar starting at third and top prospect Torres starting at second.
Torres consistently ranked among the game’s top five prospects across all major publications, and hit to the tune of a .903 OPS in Triple-A this year, even coming off major elbow surgery. Last year, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin hit back-to-back homers in their debut. Andujar collected three hits in his first game. What will Torres do to open his career? We’re about to find out.
The game begins at 1:05 EST and can be seen on the YES Network.