The 2021 Yankees never make it easy. It was a rollercoaster journey last night from the eighth to the tenth, and even after Chad Green allowed the White Sox to tie the game down to their last strike, big hits by Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo in extras gave them a big enough lead to withstand another Zack Britton meltdown. Kudos to Albert Abreu for coming in late to save the day.
It was an awesome display of resilience by a team that had its hearts stomped on Thursday, especially since the last batter in both games was the dangerous Tim Anderson. He could’ve walked it off last night, too, but Abreu got the out. Phew.
Now, the Yankees can actually win this series against the AL Central frontrunners with a good showing this afternoon. The Nestor Cortes magic seemed to wear off a little during his last start in Kansas City, but hopefully he still has some tricks up his sleeve (or his ‘stache). I would say that at least he doesn’t have to face Salvador Perez today since the Royals catcher took him deep twice, but it’s not like Anderson, José Abreu, Eloy Jiménez, and Luis Robert are a walk in the park, either. Still: In Nestor We Trust.
The Yankees will run out the same lineup as yesterday, but may well have their own hands full with Lucas Giolito on the bump for Chicago. The 2019 All-Star hasn’t quite pitched to that level this year, but he leads the White Sox in starts & innings pitched and still has a fine 3.81 ERA, 4.03 FIP, and 1.13 WHIP. Giolito has fanned 153 batters (10.1 K/9) and walked just 39 (2.6 BB/9). However, only five AL pitchers have been taken deep more than Giolito at 23 homers, so perhaps the Yankees can use some of their Bronx Bomber power to get to him.
Go Yankees, go baseball.
How to watch:
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field — Chicago, IL
First pitch: 2:10 pm ET
TV broadcast: YES, NBCS-CHI, TBS (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv