After having been the strong point for most of the season, the Yankees’ bullpen has now been the main culprit for the past two Yankees’ losses. Some amount of regression was always coming, but hopefully it’s out of their system today for the second game against the Nationals.
In today’s game, if the two starting pitchers replicate what they’ve done recently, we could have a bit of a pitcher’s duel on our hands.
Corey Kluber was named AL Player of the Week after his two most recent starts, where he allowed just one run while striking out 15 across 14.2 innings. Those games were against the Orioles and Tigers, however. The Nationals’ offense hasn’t been great this season, but after last night, they appear to represent a step up from Baltimore and Detroit.
On the mound for Washington is Scherzer, who’s had a pretty classic Max Scherzer season so far. In his most recent outing, he threw a complete game against the Marlins, allowing just one run while striking out nine. The duo today has combined for a total of five Cy Young Awards — two from Kluber and three from Scherzer.
Backing up Kluber will be a lineup that’s fairly different from yesterday. Brett Gardner, Mike Ford, and Kyle Higashioka are all in the starting nine for today, while Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andújar, and Gary Sánchez take seats.
Go Yankees, go baseball.
How to watch
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY.
First Pitch: 1:05 pm ET
TV broadcast: YES Network, MASN 2, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio Broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280, 106.7 The Fan
Online Stream: MLB.tv, ESPN+