MLB looked at the scattered rainstorms in the New York area last night and thought to themselves, “You know what we haven’t had enough of this season? Doubleheaders.” So here we are, minutes away from game one of a crucial series against the Baltimore Orioles. It feels bizarre just saying that, but the Yankees are locked in a battle for second in the AL East and a victorious day would do wonders for their cause.
It’s a battle of the aces which means Gerrit Cole gets his chance to defend home turf. Last time out against the Orioles, we saw undoubtedly the filthiest stuff from Cole in pinstripes, until the outing went south. The Yankees will hope for the version that was striking out batters left and right on all three of his main offerings, and not the version that came unraveled in the sixth. On the season, Cole is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA, 4.66 FIP, 1.096 WHIP, and 70 strikeouts in 52.0 innings.
Cole’s opposite number is Alex Cobb, who started the season off hot but has cooled considerably since. Through his first four starts, Cobb carried a 2.75 ERA, catching the eye of several potential trade partners. Since then, he has allowed 11 earned runs in 15.2 innings with opponents batting .324 against. For the year, Cobb is 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA, 4.76 FIP, and 1.330 WHIP in 35.1 innings.
It was initially announced that Luke Voit would be out of the lineup on a scheduled rest day. Now that the game has been delayed to today, Voit finds himself right back batting second. Gary Sánchez gets half a game off as the DH, while Aaron Hicks is spelled by Brett Gardner in center.
Baltimore puts out essentially the same lineup that bedeviled the Yankees pitching staff. They scored at least five runs in each of the four previous contests, let’s hope Cole puts a stop to that trend.
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York, NY.
First pitch: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES Network
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go