It’s been quite a week for the Yankees so far. They wrapped up a three-series road trip by stopping in Arlington for a set against the Rangers. They took three of four, but what happened in the third game will be remembered for a long time. Corey Kluber threw the first no-hitter for the Yankees since David Cone’s perfect game on Wednesday night.
Now, they’re returning home for a three-game weekend set against the White Sox, where Kluber won’t be on the hill trying to match Johnny Vander Meer just yet.
Their opponent comes in with the best record in the American League, but they have had quite the interesting week themselves. After Yermín Mercedes homered on a 3-0 count off a position player late in a game, White Sox manager Tony La Russa criticized his player, and seemingly started a bit of a civil war within his own clubhouse. They’ve gone 1-1 in the aftermath of all that, but now bring all of that to the Bronx, to face a Yankees’ team that has won nine of its last 12 games.
Before things kick off tonight, let’s take a look at the pitching matchups we’ll see over the next couple days.
Friday: Jordan Montgomery vs. Carlos Rodón
Montgomery is coming off his worst start of the season last Sunday against the Orioles. Despite being given a 4-0 lead in the first inning against a less than stellar offense, he ended up leaving after three innings, having allowed five runs. His two prior starts to that were both fairly solid, but a good White Sox offense is going to be a tough out.
Rodón is alongside Corey Kluber in the 2021 no-hitters club after he threw the second of the season back on April 14th. In general, he’s been excellent this season, coming into this game with a 1.47 ERA and 2.40 FIP. However, his last start did raise that ERA from 0.58, after he allowed four runs in 5.2 innings to the Royals.
Saturday: Gerrit Cole vs. Dylan Cease
Another Yankee starter coming off their worst start of the season is Gerrit Cole. He lasted a season low five innings against the Rangers, while he allowed a season high five runs. However, because he is Gerrit Cole, it only raised his ERA from 1.37 to 2.03.
After a middling first four starts, Cease has been excellent in his most recent four. He’s allowed just three earned runs on 12 hits in 23.2 innings over this recent stretch. This will be the Yankees’ first look at the former top 100 prospect since his MLB debut in 2019.
Sunday: Jameson Taillon vs. Dallas Keuchel
Taillon’s struggles continued with another less than stellar outing on Tuesday. He allowed four runs while lasting just 4.1 innings against the Rangers in a game the Yankees eventually won. He had looked somewhat better in solid but unspectacular outings against the Tigers and Nationals, but he’s followed that up with two substandard ones.
The White Sox will give the ball to the Yankees’ old enemy, Keuchel. The 2015 AL Cy Young was good in the small sample size that was last season, but has been less than stellar so far this year. He is coming off two consecutive starts against the Twins where he allowed a combined nine runs in 12.2 innings. This will be the first time Keuchel’s faced the Yankees since leaving Houston. While he quite famously ran through the Yankees in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game, the Yankees had better results against him in their most recent matchups.