I don’t know about you, but after taking two in a row from the division-leading Boston Red Sox, I didn’t really want to have a day without Yankees baseball yesterday. Alas, the schedule decided to give the team a day off just four days after the All-Star Break. Fortunately, they’re back at it again tonight, with the opportunity for revenge against a team that has swept them so far in the season series, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Domingo Germán (4-5, 4.72 ERA, 4.65 FIP) makes his first start since June 30th against the Los Angeles Angels, in which he gave up three runs on three hits, walking three and striking out only two. His three appearances since then have come in relief; in that time, has posted a higher K/BB ratio (7/0), but he’s also given up five runs in six innings and was a major part of the bullpen collapse against Houston on July 11th, so it’s been a mixed bag. Germán started once against Philadelphia this year in what was an unmitigated disaster: 7 runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.
Longtime Phillies starter Aaron Nola (6-5, 4.53 ERA, 3.47 FIP) comes off the COVID-19 injured list to make the start against the COVID-depleted Yankees. Expected to be one of Philadelphia’s top arms going into the season, Nola has been remarkably inconsistent in the weeks headed up to the All-Star break: in four of his last six starts, he has given up four runs or more, including six-run and seven-run clunkers against the Giants and Marlins, respectively; the other two starts — one of which was against the Yankees — he did not give up a run and limited opposing batters to only two hits. In fact, besides a two-hit shutout against St. Louis in April, Nola’s previous start against the Bronx Bombers was his best of the season, spinning 7.2 shutout innings on three hits while striking out nine and walking only one.
How to watch
Location: Yankee Stadium — Bronx, NY
First pitch: 7:05 pm ET
TV broadcast: YES, NBCSP, MLBN (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv
EDIT: DJ LeMahieu has been scratched from the lineup with a non-COVID-related stomach bug. Brett Gardner replaces him in the leadoff spot, while backup catcher Rob Brantly fills in at first base.