After an annoying 2-5 roadtrip, the Yankees are back at home tonight, starting a nine-game run in the Bronx. First up is an old NL rival, the Atlanta Braves, who are sort-of second in the NL East at 11-7.
Clint Frazier was called up this morning to fill in for the injured Giancarlo Stanton, and he finds himself in the dugout, though not in the lineup. Mike Ford gets the start at DH tonight. Meanwhile, Ronald Acuña Jr., maybe Atlanta’s best all-around player, was a late scratch from the lineup with a wrist issue.
Neither starting pitcher looks like they’re off to a great start so far in 2020, but we’re still dealing in pretty small inning samples. Braves starter Touki Toussaint is posting a 6.08 ERA, but that alone doesn’t tell the story of his season. He’s been hurt by a couple big home runs, but he’s in the middle of a very quiet breakout season, posting a top ten K% and K-BB% rates in the game. He’s not the hardest thrower in baseball but features a devastating curve-splitter combo that generates more whiffs than almost anyone in the game.
The Yankees counter with Jordan Montgomery, who in two starts is generating more ground balls than ever before, but also striking fewer batters out. A high home run rate has contributed to his 5.59 ERA and 5.41 FIP.
How to watch:
Game time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
TV broadcast: YES
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: MLB.tv
Ronald Acuña Jr. has been scratched from tonight’s lineup with left wrist soreness. He is day-to-day. pic.twitter.com/jxNNr5sjvA— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 11, 2020