It’s been a busy two nights for Yankee fans, as the team has put up 33 runs over the past two days, and are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak as they reassert themselves as one of the best teams in the American League. They can push that streak to eight games tonight, with a chance to sweep the Blue Jays in the Bronx.
Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball while quietly having one of his best seasons yet, posting the best walk rate of his Yankee career and an ERA+ as good as his stellar rookie season. His HR troubles have carried over, but if the long ball comes with nobody on base, the righthander will usually put up a pretty good outing.
The Blue Jays counter with an opener, Julian Merryweather, who in 12 innings has done a fine job for himself. He’s struck out more than a batter per inning and this will be the third time this year he’s worked the opener role, pitching four shutout innings with a .297 OPS allowed in that job. Chase Anderson will follow Merryweather, and he’s had a significantly worse season. If the Yankees can be tied or leading by the time Merryweather is out, they should have a good chance of feasting on Anderson.
Aaron Judge is out of the lineup tonight, but both Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres return. Teoscar Hernández is back for Toronto after an IL stint of his own.
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, new York, NY.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES Network
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go