The Yankees got excellent results in their first taste of competition yesterday, pouring it on late against the Mets. Today they get a second shot at their crosstown rivals, welcoming them over to the Bronx for the second of three scheduled exhibition games.
Jordan Montgomery gets the start for the Yankees, and this game should serve as one final tune-up before the season begins. Montgomery was slated as the favorite entering spring to be the fifth starter in the Yankees’ rotation, and he hasn’t done anything to dissuade Aaron Boone from trusting him with the ball every fifth day going forward.
On the mound for the Mets will be Corey Oswalt, Oswalt is on the outside looking in for a spot on the Mets’ Opening Day roster, fighting for a role as a spot starter in the ‘pen. Oswalt made his debut in 2018, pitching 64.2 innings and earning a gaudy 5.85 ERA. He only appeared in two games last year, getting clean-up duty and giving up more runs than innings pitched.
The Yankees also shared good news when they announced their lineups for the day, penciling DJ LeMahieu in to his expected leadoff spot. LeMahieu had been delayed entering camp as he tested positive for COVID-19, and had to quarantine for several weeks. He returned to camp on Friday, just two days ago, and it was uncertain if he would be ready to play in the season opener on Thursday. This is a great sign that he could be slotted to play against the Nationals after all.
Speaking of the lineups, here are your batters for today’s game:
Game action in the Bronx: pic.twitter.com/yLiUGEt3Ts— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 19, 2020
Tonight’s lineup. #LGM pic.twitter.com/HYjwjZ8K5s— New York Mets (@Mets) July 19, 2020
Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST, and you can catch the action on YES locally or MLB Network for out of market viewers. You can also listen to the broadcast on WFAN.