The sting of yesterday’s loss is made all the sharper by effort it took. The Yankees came all the way back to tie it 7-7 on DJ LeMahieu’s heroic ninth-inning, three run homer, only to see it spoiled by a circus-time extra-inning walk-off. All they can do is try to avenge the defeat with a win this afternoon.
Domingo Germán gets the ball for his twelfth start of the year. He has surprisingly been the Yankees’ second-best starter behind Gerrit Cole with Corey Kluber out injured. The changeup and curveball are both plus-pitches that have helped him maintain a 97th-percentile chase rate. Getting batters to expand so much has helped drive a 91st-percentile walk rate. Since being sent down following a shaky first two starts, Germán has pitched to a 2.35 ERA while walking less than five percent of batters faced. On the year, he is 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA, 4.55 FIP, and 55 strikeouts in 60.2 innings.
He will face off against Aaron Nola. Despite being staff ace, he is actually the Phillies’ second-best starter after Zack Wheeler, owner of the second-highest pitching fWAR in MLB so far. Still, Nola is still a lockdown starter, something the Yankees know well. He memorably struck out 12 in six innings of three-hit, one-run ball when the teams met last season. In 13 starts this season, Nola is 4-4 with a 4.06 ERA, 3.45 FIP, and 85 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.
DJ LeMahieu delivered the game-saving blow to send it to extras last night, and boy would the Yankees love for his bat to get hot. Gary Sánchez has three multi-hit games in his last four, and has looked much more balanced at the plate.
As Jameson Taillon found out yesterday, this Phillies lineup has virtually no soft landing spots. Jean Segura and Bryce Harper each had three-hit games yesterday so it will be important for Germán to navigate around their dangerous bats.
How to watch
Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
First pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: WPIX, NBC Sports Philadelphia, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv