The Bronx Bombers will try to break the record for most consecutive games with a home run today. They tied the 2002 Texas Rangers’ MLB record of 27 straight game with a long ball last night. During the streak, the top two bombers have been Gary Sanchez with seven bombs and DJ LeMahieu with six. LeMahieu has hit a bit of a power surge as he has smashed nine dingers in his last 38 games.
The Yankees will give Didi Gregorius the night off. Gleyber Torres will slide to short and LeMahieu takes second. Manager Aaron Boone has decided to run out an all-righty lineup against southpaw pitcher Clayton Richard, and rightfully so. Against Richard, right-handers are slashing .320/.409/.613. It is just the second time the Yanks have had no lefties on the lineup card this year. The last time was on May 26th against Royals’ Danny Duffy.
The Yankees will go with the opener today as Chad Green will start. He threw 16 pitches out of the bullpen in last night’s victory. It’s the first time Green will start a game after pitching the day before. In his 9.2 innings as a starter this year, he owns a 2.79 ERA with a 41% strikeout percentage.
The Toronto Blue Jays will send the aforementioned Clayton Richard to start against the Yanks. He faced New York in a win in early June. The southpaw hurled 4.2 innings giving up two runs and striking out four. However, in his three starts after that, he allowed 16 earned runs along with 20 hits.
The game can be seen on YES, streamed on FuboTV, and heard on WFAN and WADO. First pitch is at 7:05. Let’s take the series tonight and homer for the 28th game in a row for the all-time record!