The New York Yankees head back on the road, this time to the South Side of Chicago, as they open a four-game set with the White Sox.
J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.48 ERA, 5.19 FIP) gets the ball for the Yankees. He has been the model of inconsistency this season, not making it out of the fifth inning in four of his thirteen starts this season, but on three occasions giving seven strong innings. That includes his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, where he gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 7 innings of work. Following a disastrous outing on May 20 against the Orioles, Happ has been solid, posting a 2.50 ERA over 18 innings in his last three starts. He looks to build this momentum and put his early-season struggles behind him.
Opposing him is old pal Ivan Nova (3-5, 6.28 ERA, 5.18 FIP), who has had a rough go of it in the early going of the season. Despite his struggles, however, Nova has put together numerous strong starts this season, including on April 13, where he held the Yankees to 1 run on four hits in 6 innings of work. Which version of Ivan Nova they get tonight — the one who shut down the Yankees lineup in April and held the Astros to 3 runs in 7 innings in May, or the one who was knocked out of the game before the fourth inning by the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays — will define how difficult this game will be for the Yankees.
To that end, here’s the lineup that the Yankees will send out to oppose their old friend tonight:
Mike Tauchman, recalled today from Scranton, gets the start in right field, while Clint Frazier gets a respite from his defensive woes with a start at DH.
The White Sox, meanwhile, counter with a lineup headlined by breakout shortstop Tim Anderson and the veteran All-Star Jose Abreu. Third baseman Yoan Moncada, whom the Red Sox sent to Chicago in exchange for Chris Sale, is out of the lineup with a mid-back strain, and is listed as day-to-day.
You’ll be able to watch tonight’s game on the YES Network, listen along on the radio at WFAN 660/101.9 FM or WADO 1280, or stream the game on Fubo TV. First pitch is expected for 8:10 EDT.
Let’s Go Yankees!