The Yankees will be looking to win their sixth game in a row this afternoon when they take on the Chicago White Sox to close out their weekend three-game series in the Bronx. Jameson Taillon will toe the slab for the Yankees, looking to continue their recent stretch of great starting pitching, as the last four Yankee starters threw at least seven innings with no earned runs allowed.
No pressure, Jameson.
Taillon will be making his ninth start of 2021 and has been down more than up so far this season. He’s gone past five innings only once in his previous eight starts and it doesn’t take a pitching guru to spot an area of concern: His pitches have shown an inclination to consistently find the center of the strike zone, resulting in 38 hits – 18 of them for extra bases – in only 37.2 innings. He’ll be facing a Chicago lineup that despite being shut down in the first two games of the series, still ranks third in the American League in runs per game and OPS+, while leading the A.L. in OBP.
Opposing Taillon on the hill today for the White Sox will be former Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel has been roughed up himself lately allowing 9 earned runs on 15 hits in 12.2 innings over his last two starts. The White Sox were able to evade serious ramifications of those performances, however, as their batters put up 29 runs in those two games – a trend of run support for their starter that the Yankees look to end today.
With a 22-9 stretch over their last 31 games, the Yankees have put themselves in a position to be in a virtual tie for first place by day’s end with a win combined with a Boston loss in Philadelphia. Red Thunder will join the sweltering heat today as Clint Frazier makes his return to the starting lineup. He’ll be batting seventh and playing right field for the Yankees, looking to give the offense a boost.
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, NY.
First pitch: 1:05 pm
TV broadcast: YES Network, NBCS Chicago, MLB Network (out-of-network only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280, ESPN 1000 AM
Online stream: MLB.tv