This is a big one. With a win, the Yankees’ lead over the Blue Jays will go to three games and two games over the Mariners. No matter what, they’re going to have some work to do in the final series of the season, but a win tonight would give the Yankees one foot in the door. On the other hand, a loss will put the Yankees just one game up on Seattle and Toronto, may put them into a tie with the Red Sox, and will almost certainly ensure that the entire weekend against Tampa is a nervy affair.
Going for the Yankees tonight will be Corey Kluber. He hasn’t been great since returning from the injured list back on August 30th. He’s been somewhat better recently, throwing six scoreless innings in a start on the 17th, but followed that with another iffy one. He’s received a couple more days of rest, and the Yankees are going to need him to be on tonight.
The Yankees’ lineup backing him up is a bit depleted, as Joey Gallo is on the bench after getting hit by a pitch, but will be an option if needed. Not an option today is Luke Voit, who is going on the injured list.
On the other side, Toronto will send their Cy Young contender Robbie Ray to the mound tonight. The Yankees have been pretty good against him this year, but it’s been only two starts, the most recent of which was in May. His Cy Young contender-ship has truly been established in the months since they last faced him, and Ray’s only allowed more than four runs in an outing once since then.
We’ve got another nervous couple hours ahead of us tonight, but go Yankees, go baseball.
How to watch
Location: Rogers Centre - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
First pitch: 7:07 pm ET
TV broadcast: YES Network, SNET,
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.TV