The Yankees look to prove to the world that their late-game outburst last night was more than just flashing lights and smoke and that their offense has returned to the world after spending the last two weeks in the Upside Down, as they take on the second-place Rays in the third game of their four-game set this evening. Assuming, of course, this game gets played at all, as the weather report says we have a thunderstorm watch in effect until at least 10:00 EST tonight.
Domingo German (11-2, 3.40 ERA, 3.81 FIP) will get the ball for the Yankees tonight. The young right-hander has regained to his ace-like form in his first two starts since returning from the IL on July 3, giving up only one run in 12 innings, striking out 13 and walking none. Opposing him will be Yonny Chirinos (8-4, 3.11 ERA, 4.19 FIP), who will be making his fifth start against the Yankees this season, of which the Yankees have won three. In his last seven starts, dating back to June 7th, he has pitched at least 6 innings and limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer, although the Rays are 2-5 in those starts.
The Yankees will be sending out a bit of a new-look lineup out there tonight:
The struggling Luke Voit, who has spent most of his season towards the top of the order, will be batting seventh tonight, while Rays-killer Edwin Encarnacion will be batting cleanup. Gleyber Torres gets the day off, with DJ LeMahieu playing second and Gio Urshela manning third.
On the other side, here’s the lineup that will be going against German:
You can catch tonight’s game on the YES Network or, for those out of town, on ESPN; for those on the road, you can listen along at either WFAN 660/101.9 FM or WADO 1280. Or you can stream the game on fubo.tv or MLB.tv.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 EST; we’ll keep you posted should that change. In the meantime, Let’s Go Yankees!