Gerrit Cole gets the ball in game one. The Yankees ace owns a 2.75 ERA (3.82 FIP) over 36 innings in 2020. He’s been a little prone to the home-run ball (1.75 HR/9), but they haven’t stopped him from being effective. In fact, the more he pitches, the better he looks. The Yankees will hope he can pitch deep into this afternoon’s seven-inning game to save the bullpen with all of the doubleheaders coming.
The Braves, meanwhile, will start top prospect Ian Anderson. Atlanta drafted him third overall in 2016, and he now ranks as MLB Pipeline’s number 42 prospect. Here’s what they have to say about the New York-born right-hander:
Anderson isn’t far from bringing his three-pitch mix to a big league rotation. It all starts with a plus fastball that he can still get up to 96 mph, thrown with good angle and downhill movement. He misses a ton of bats and can get contact on the ground, as well. His power curve can be a plus pitch when he commands it and the fastball-curve combination is a big reason why he’s struck out 10.7 per nine innings heading into 2020. His changeup continued to improve in 2019 and is now a viable third weapon for him to use.
Here’s the Yankees’ lineup:
And the Braves’:
First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM. You can watch on YES, or stream via MLB.tv (out-of-market only). WFAN/WADO have the radio call, as well. Go Yankees, go baseball!