It’s hard to find a better combination than the Fourth of July and baseball. Watching the Yankees before some fireworks makes for a perfect afternoon, even if the game is at the Trop.
J.A. Happ gets the ball for the Bombers today, hoping to finish his first half on a strong note. The veteran left-hander has struggled for most of the season, pitching to a 5.23 ERA (5.51 FIP) over 84.1 innings. He also has allowed a ton of home runs, with his 2.13 HR/9 the second worst mark among all qualified pitchers. Happ could seriously use a strong start to propel him into the All-Star break.
Yonny Chirinos, meanwhile, will take the mound for the Rays. The 25-year-old has pitched to a 3.10 ERA with a 4.30 FIP across 11 starts. His peripherals aren’t particularly impressive—a 1.35 HR/9, 7.35 K/9—but he has been effective.
Here are the lineups:
A look at the Yankees' Fourth of July lineup, which features Aaron Judge on the bench:— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) July 4, 2019
We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day! https://t.co/VOS8JBkMGq #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/sfqWAXCFSk— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 4, 2019
First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM. You can watch on YES, stream on FuboTV, or listen along on WFAN 660/101.9 FM or WADO 1280. Go Yankees!