You see, the nice thing about doubleheaders is that disappointments like that loss can get flushed away pretty quickly — the game is barely over, and we’re already preparing to play another!
Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.07 ERA, 3.41 FIP) gets the ball for the Yankees. He is coming off the best start of his career, having struck out 11 batters in seven scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox last week. With the exception of his three-inning, five-run May 16th start against Baltimore, the 28-year-old lefty has had a strong May. He has gone six or more innings in three of his last four starts; in that span, he has posted a 28:3 K/BB ratio and limited opponents to a .626 OPS.
Opposing him will be Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.42 ERA, 4.87 FIP), who is in the midst of one of the best stretches of his career. After walking nine batters in his first two starts, Ray has pulled a Gerrit Cole and has simply stopped issuing free passes, with his only walk since April 18th coming against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 16th. He has, however, been prone to the long ball — he avoided the long ball in only one start this season (April 18th, against the Kansas City Royals who have hit only 42 home runs all season) and has surrendered at least two in three of his last four starts.
Gio Urshela is back in the lineup and is back in his accustomed cleanup spot, while Tyler Wade gets the start at second base in place of Rougned Odor; Mike Ford will, fortunately, be nowhere in sight against a tough lefty. Most notably, Estevan Florial, whom the Yankees recalled from Triple-A Scranton this morning, will get the start in center field and bat eighth.
How to watch
Location: Yankees Stadium — Bronx, NY
First pitch: 7:05 pm ET
TV broadcast: YES, SNET-1, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv