“It’s a great day for a ballgame,” said the late Ernie Banks, “let’s play two!”
The Yankees indeed have two games on deck for today against the Orioles. James Paxton gets the start in the afternoon half of the doubleheader, and he looks to build on recent success. He held the Red Sox to two runs over six innings on August 2, and then limited the O’s to one run over 6.2 innings last Wednesday. Paxton incorporated his offspeed pitches at a higher rate in those two outings, so that’s worth monitoring. The southpaw owns a 4.40 ERA (4.26 FIP) on the season to date.
Gabriel Ynoa, meanwhile, will open things for Baltimore. He allowed four runs, three earned, over 4.2 innings of work against the Bombers last week. More of a swingman than a traditional opener, the right-hander has pitched to a 5.57 ERA (5.45 FIP) over 76 innings this season. The 26-year-old is also susceptible to the long ball, as he owns a 1.78 HR/9.
Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, and Aaron Hicks are among the notable names sitting for game one. Breyvic Valera also came up to serve as the 26th man.
And here’s who the Orioles have going this afternoon:
#Orioles lineup: Alberto-5, Mancini-3, Santander-9, Nunez-DH, Villar-4, Severino-2, Peterson-7,Wilkerson-8, Martin-6, Ynoa-1— Rich DubroffMLB (@RichDubroffMLB) August 12, 2019
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM. You can watch on YES locally, MLB Network nationally, or stream on MLB.tv and fubo.tv. WFAN and WADO carry the radio broadcasts. Go Yankees!