After taking last night’s contest 5-1, the Yankees have a chance to sweep this series of playoff contenders with their 11th consecutive victory tonight. To do that, they’ll likely need a mercurial pitcher to build off his previous strong start.
Andrew Heaney shocked the world — and that’s only a little hyperbolic — last week, pitching seven innings of one-run ball to deliver a win over the Red Sox. There were definitely parts of that game to be concerned about — just a 2:1 K:BB rate and an unsustainably low .059 BABIP — but, he hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in any of his other starts this season, so let’s be optimistic. Fortunately for him, Atlanta actually hits lefties worse than righties, and most of the season, their production against southpaws came with Ronald Acuña Jr. in the lineup.
Charlie Morton counters for Atlanta, and the Yankees’ old foe is having another quality season. The righty struggled in April to the tune of a 4.76 ERA, though in every month since that mark has been below 3.77. August has been his best month yet, sporting a 2.25 ERA driven largely by a 26.5 percent K-BB rate.
How to watch
Location: Truist Park – Atlanta, GA
First pitch: 7:20 pm ET
TV broadcast: YES Network, Bally Sports South, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv
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