In spite of an avalanche of injuries to key players, the Yankees are rolling. They won four straight in sweeping the Orioles and have won eight of their past nine, narrowing Boston’s AL East lead to six games. Part of the Yankees’ run has been thanks to a soft schedule, and that won’t change tonight as they open a series with the White Sox.
Masahiro Tanaka is on the bump for the series opener. Tanaka is coming off a pair of strong starts, and has generally been what the Yankees were hoping for after coming of the disabled list. In eight starts since returning from his hamstring ailments, Tanaka has a 2.85 ERA, striking out 48 in 47.1 innings. His numbers for the year are quite solid at this point, with a 3.90 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 120 innings.
He’ll be opposed by a talented young lefty in Carlos Rodon. The 25-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career, but he’s appeared to put things this season, maintaining a 2.71 ERA in 13 starts. Rodon’s peripherals (4.27 FIP) leave a bit to be desired, though, so hopefully the Yankees’ injury-addled lineup can figure him out.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 EST. You can follow along on the YES Network and ESPN, and stream the game with Fox Sports Go. WFAN 660/101.9 FM and WGN 720 have the radio call.