The Yankees may have won their series in Tampa Bay, but you’d be forgiven for thinking the offense is still not up to par. This is the Bronx Bombers, not the Bronx Bummers, but the bats haven’t performed to the level we’ve all expected so far in 2021. Thankfully, Camden Yards always seems as a tonic for poor hitting, and the Yankees will look to right the offensive ship with three games in Baltimore starting tonight.
The lineup will get a chance to start the series hot against a pitcher they’ve handled well in the past. Dean Kremer will face the Yankees for the third time already this season, and the fifth time in his young career. In his previous four starts, he’s logged a 5.40 ERA and .837 OPS against, and those numbers are better than his season line, 6.23 ERA and .870 OPS against. The Yankees need to heat up offensively, and they should have a good chance to do so tonight.
Corey Kluber counters for the Yankees, looking for his fourth straight win. He threw 6.2 innings against Baltimore two weeks ago, surrendering just one run on 96 pitches. Kluber’s gotten into a real roll, lowering his ERA more than two full runs over the past three starts, and rapidly building confidence as a solid #2 behind Gerrit Cole.
No matter how this game ends, we get Ken Singleton back in the YES booth. It’s Kenny’s last year, for real this time, so treasure one of the best voices of the game while we still have him.
Lineup note: Giancarlo Stanton was a late scratch due to “left quad tightness”. No Stanton, no Gio Urshela, no Gleyber Torres....maybe the offense won’t bounce back after all.
How to watch
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: WPIX, MASN, MLB Network (out-of-market only), Amazon Prime (in-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv