In Tuesday’s loss to the Blue Jays in his first start since his no-hitter, Corey Kluber lasted just a couple innings before having to come out with some sort of injury. The next day, it emerged that he had a shoulder strain, and won’t be able to throw for four weeks and will likely be out for up to eight.
Shortly after that, Luke Voit joined him on the injured list with an oblique strain. Then on Thursday, Aaron Boone revealed that Aaron Hicks will likely be out for the rest of the season after undergoing wrist surgery. In better news, Giancarlo Stanton is expected to be activated from the IL ahead of tonight’s game.
The team may be depleted, but they still have a decent chance to put up some wins this weekend, as the Yankees are headed to Detroit for a three-game set against the Tigers. Detroit comes into this series with one of the worst records in the majors, which includes a three-game sweep by the Yankees a couple weeks ago.
Ahead of things kicking off in Detroit tonight, let’s take a look at the pitching matchups we’ll see this weekend.
Friday: Gerrit Cole vs. Casey Mize
The Yankees’ ace bounced back from his worst start of the season against the Rangers by looking more like his dominant self. He still didn’t have his best stuff, but Cole shut out one of the best offenses in the league over seven innings. He also shut out the Tigers back on April 30th, striking out 12 with no walks as part of his long walk-less streak.
This will be the first time the Yankees will take on Mize, who was the number one overall pick in the 2018 draft. He’s had a pretty good sophomore season, and has been quite solid this month. Since the beginning of May, Mize has allowed just five earned runs in 26 innings across four starts.
Saturday: Deivi García vs. Spencer Turnbull
It was already planned before the Kluber injury, but García will make his return to the big leagues this weekend. He allowed two runs in four innings in his only MLB appearance against the Orioles back in April. In the meantime, he’s been less than stellar in Triple-A, but hopefully he can get back on track against the Tigers, for whom offense is not their strong point.
A fellow member, with Kluber, of the 2021 no-hitter club, Turnbull threw the opposite of a no-no earlier this season against the Yankees. He was chased after five innings, having allowed four runs. Since that, he’s been very good, even besides the no-hitter. He’s put up a 2.22 ERA in the four starts since the Yankees one, and has only walked four hitters combined, after issuing three in the Bronx.
Sunday: TBD vs. Tarik Skubal
The Yankees have not announced anything for Sunday as of yet, but reading the tea leaves, it’ll likely be some sort of bullpen game or Michael King, or both. Whereas García was planned to start this weekend, this one likely came about due to some sort of restructuring and reordering after the Kluber injury.
Skubal’s been less than stellar this season, coming in with a 5.23 ERA and a 6.33 FIP. Those numbers include an outing at Yankee Stadium, where he lasted just three innings, and in which he allowed three home runs. He is coming off one of his better starts of the season (two runs allowed, nine strikeouts), but even in that one, he lasted just five innings as the Tigers lost.