It turns out, maybe all the Yankees needed was a day off and some home cooking to get back on track. After a 3-5 week mostly spent on the road, the Bombers looked more like themselves last night at home vs. the Atlanta Braves, winning 9-6. Jordan Montgomery was solid, and although the bullpen made it closer than it should have been, the Yankees’ bats picked them up in a big way, scoring nine runs for the first time since Aug. 2.
The Yankees took advantage of their off-days and re-jiggered the rotation, skipping J.A. Happ and giving Masahiro Tanaka the start today. Tanaka has been somewhat restrained by the team so far, only throwing 51 and 59 pitches in his first two starts, but might be able to hit 75 today. His fastball command and life has been a pleasant surprise, and his breaking pitches have been as nasty as ever. He’s gone 7 2⁄3 innings over his first two starts, and has allowed just six baserunners while striking out eight.
The Braves don’t have a true starter on turn for today, so rookie Huascar Ynoa will open things for Atlanta in what will become a bullpen game. He’s just 22 years old and this will be his fourth Major League appearance. In his season debut on Sunday, he went 2 1⁄3 innings and gave up one run while striking out one. He only faced nine batters, so expect to see guys like Grant Dayton, Robbie Erlin or others in the middle innings. The Yankees are 1-1 vs. bullpen games so far this year, beating Boston but losing to Tampa Bay.
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go