A good way to bounce back from getting shut out is to put up 10 runs and nearly shut out the opponent in the very next game. After putting up zero runs for the first time in over a season, the Yankees dropped a game without scoring in the series opener on Monday. In response, they slugged five home runs, as James Paxton pitched a one-hitter, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. That win evened things up in the series against the Rangers, leading to today’s rubber game in the Bronx.
One of the Yankees to homer yesterday was Edwin Encarnacion, who was playing in his first game since returning from the IL. He stays in the lineup today, while Gary Sanchez, who hit two dingers, gets the night off.
On the mound, the Yankees will use an opener and send Chad Green to the hill. The Yankees have not used him, or anyone, as an opener since the disaster against Cleveland a few weeks back. It would take some doing for things to get worse than that, so the only way is up, hopefully.
As for the Rangers, Yankee legend Lance Lynn will get the ball for them. After a stint in New York that mostly be summed up as “meh”, Lynn has had a really good season in Texas.
Tonight’s game can be seen on YES and FuboTV or heard on WFAN and WADO. First pitch will be at 6:35 PM ET. Go Yankees, go baseball.