Boy things were not looking pretty in the middle innings of last night’s game. After going up 2-0 early on a pair of Aaron Judge solo shots, the Yankees fell behind 4-2 in the fifth after a barrage of Orioles hits. But up stepped Gio Urshela to deliver a heroic seventh-inning, pinch-hit three-run home run to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Domingo Germán gets the ball for his seventh start of the season. His best outing came last time he faced the Orioles: seven innings allowing only four baserunners while striking out six in a combined 7-0 shutout. The Yankees will be hoping for a repeat performance, as he was efficient (92 pitches) and limited hard contact (84.5 mph average exit velocity against). He used each of his four pitches at least 20 percent of the time, which could be a useful template for keeping hitters guessing in tonight’s game. On the year, Germán is 2-2 with a 4.02 ERA, 4.60 FIP, and 31 strikeouts in 31.1. innings.
Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton are once again absent from the lineup. Hicks was to be expected, given he is dealing with a torn wrist tendon sheath, but Stanton less so. We were given a nebulous explanation of quad tightness for Big G’s absence - his second game in a row - and given his history with quad injuries and the vague nature of his status, fans are justifiably worried. The Yankees field an outfield of Miguel Andújar, Brett Gardner, and Clint Frazier, which at the very least should provide some heart-in-mouth moments on defense, though maybe less excitement with the bats.
Jorge López will try to keep that offense at bay. It will be a tall task, as he sits in the bottom one percent of the league in terms of max exit velocity allowed and fastball spin. Having a non-deceptive fastball with a propensity for yielding hard contact is a dangerous place to be against a Yankees lineup who - on their day - can hit the ball harder than anyone. For the season, López is 1-3 in seven starts with a 5.63 ERA, 5.38 FIP, and 30 strikeouts in 32 innings.
The home team rolls out much of the same lineup that put up four runs in the first five innings against Corey Kluber last night. Cedric Mullins has been one of the surprise offensive breakouts this year since making the full time shift from switch-hitter to lefty. DJ Stewart continues to rake against the Bombers while Trey Mancini has always been a Yankee-killer.
How to watch
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: YES Network, MASN, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv, Fubo