For the first time since March 12, there’s Yankees baseball on TV—with one big caveat. The weather doesn’t look great in the Bronx tonight. But the Yanks hope to get enough of a window to play. It would be extremely on brand for the first game back to get rained out.
If there is a game, it will feature an exciting pitching matchup, with J.A. Happ squaring off against Clarke Schmidt. Happ, 37, struggled with the rocket ball last year, pitching to a 4.91 ERA (5.22 FIP) with a 1.90 HR/9 over 181.1 innings. Schmidt, meanwhile, shook off all the rust from his Tommy John surgery (and other injuries) to climb the ranks of the minor leagues. He finished the year with three starts at Double-A Trenton, pitching to a 2.37 ERA (2.01 FIP) and impressed in camp back in March. There’s a cool torch-passing element here, the elder southpaw staring down the up-and-comer.
Here are the lineups:
First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM, with coverage starting at 6 PM on the YES Network. Have at it, enjoy the game thread, and to borrow a phrase from Matt Ferenchick: Go Yankees, go baseball!