The Rays have certainly posed a challenge to the Yankees so far this season, winning four of their five meetings. The lone win that the Yankees have against them came when Gerrit Cole was on the mound, and he’s pitching tonight in Yankee Stadium.
Cole has been as advertised when the Yankees courted him, sporting a 2.76 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in 29.1 innings of work across five starts. He has been susceptible to the long ball in the early going, giving up at least one in every start. His appearance against Tampa Bay is actually the only start where he personally did not record a win, since he only lasted 4.2 innings in that outing. There’s no doubt that Cole will look to go longer this time around, and the Yankees could use it.
Tyler Glasnow will take the mound for the Rays opposite Cole, and it’s been a massive struggle for the former top pitching prospect coming back from injury this year. Glasnow hasn’t made it through five innings in any of his starts, and only lasted longer than four once. He’s rocking a gaudy 7.04 ERA, but his peripherals indicate that he’s been better than that. He owns a 4.26 FIP, which still isn’t great but shows that he’s been unlucky so far, and he’s struck out 27 batters in just 15.1 innings. The Yankees will look to get another rocky outing from him before he can turn things around.
Here are your lineups for tonight:
How To Watch:
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST, and you can catch the action live on YES locally or stream it on MLB.tv for out of market folks. You can also listen to the broadcast on WFAN or WADO.