For the first time in about a week and a half, yesterday was an unequivocally good day for the Yankees. They rallied from an early deficit and their offense scored more than four runs in a game for the first time since April 11th. A 7-11 record is still crappy, but it’s sure better than 6-12, that’s for damn sure.
The next step is to actually build off those good vibes and to see if the bats can manage to continue clicking. They’ll get their shot against Cleveland lefty Logan Allen, who has minimal experience when compared to the rest of the vaunted Cleveland staff. The Yankees will counter with their own southpaw, Jordan Montgomery, who allowed just two hits to Tampa during his last time out (though both were homers and he took the loss behind a weak offense).
In lineup notes, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, and Gary Sánchez return to the starting nine with Brett Gardner, Mike Ford, and Kyle Higashioka hitting the bench. For the Higgy lovers, don’t worry, he’ll almost certainly be back in the lineup tomorrow with Gerrit Cole on the mound and Sánchez was just never going to ride the pine for three days in a row in April. DJ LeMahieu will man first with Urshela back at the hot corner and Rougned Odor at second. I don’t think anyone will be upset to see Ford back on the sidelines after a stretch of mostly uncompetitive at-bats following Jay Bruce’s release.
For those in local markets, note that this game will be on WPIX rather than YES Network.
How to watch
Location: Progressive Field - Cleveland, OH
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: WPIX, Bally Sports Great Lakes
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv, ESPN+