After yesterday’s 6-4 victory, the Yankees are just one win away from sweeping the San Francisco Giants. They weren’t able to complete the sweep of the Angels, but this is now the second consecutive series the Yankees have a chance to sweep their opponent. Somehow, this patchwork Yankee team has found a way to win 10 of their last 12 games, and with Domingo German on the mound, they’ve got a good chance to win again today.
The Yankees really needed German to take a step forward this season, and so far, he has. German’s last start against the Angels was both his longest and best of the season. He went 6.2 innings and didn’t surrender an earned run. Prior to the start of today’s game, German leads the Yankees in ERA, WHIP, and OPS+. Yankee fans have seen the great stuff for a couple years now, and we’re finally starting to see the results follow.
On the other side, Dereck Rodriguez takes the hill for the Giants. Rodriguez isn’t the most exciting pitcher, but he’s had solid career numbers to this point in his young career. He has a five-pitch repertoire that he uses to generate a fair number of groundballs. Since his debut last season, Rodriguez owns a 2.95 ERA in 146.1 innings. This is his first start since last Sunday.
Here are the lineups:
Offensively, this is just about as good as the Yankee lineup can get these days. DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit are once again at the top of the lineup, and after a grand slam yesterday, Gary Sanchez drops back to the cleanup spot in the lineup. Interestingly, Brett Gardner hits third today. It’s just the 14th time hitting third in his career, but the fifth time this season. Injuries have really messed with this lineup construction, huh?
First pitch is slated for 4:05 EST and can be seen on the YES Network, and streamed on Fox Sports Go or MLB.tv (for out-of-market viewers). You can also listen along on WFAN or WADO.