After three straight series wins, the Yankees are calling on Nestor Cortes to stifle the bats of a Mariners team fresh off taking two of three from Tampa. There is very little history between the two pitchers on the mound tonight and their opponents.
In one career appearance against Seattle, Cortes tallied a hold while throwing 1.2 innings and striking out two. He has been comfortable in the Bronx to start the year with a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings. Cortes has been a joy to watch too, messing around with hitters’ timing at seemingly every opportunity.
Nestor Cortes vs. Shohei Ohtani. pic.twitter.com/6IFCIa3VX4— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 30, 2021
Then there is Tyler Anderson, who has yet to face the Yankees in his six-year career (which was entirely in the National League until his July 28th trade to Seattle). He delivered a very Tyler Anderson-esque performance in his debut with the M’s, chucking 5.1 innings and giving up three runs against the Joey Gallo-less Rangers. Anderson will need to bring his best tonight if he plans to silence a hot Yankee lineup, which has plated 23 runs in its last two games.
Keep an eye out on Giancarlo Stanton in this series. His slump has lasted longer than they usually do but he showed signs of life in the last two games against Baltimore. With two favorable matchups coming today and tomorrow against soft-hurling lefties, he has a chance to kick this slump to the curb.
Today’s daily bad news for the Yankees is that Gary Sánchez tested positive for COVID and will not be active tonight. Kyle Higashioka will start and be backed up by Triple-A catcher Rob Brantly.
How To Watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY
First Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV Broadcast: YES Network, RSNW
Radio Broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, KIRO 710
Online Stream: MLB.tv