In less than a week, we’ll have real baseball with real stakes. Gerrit Cole will be the Yankees’ Opening Day starter on April 7th, but today, he’ll get his last chance to work all the kinks out before facing the Red Sox for real.
In Cole’s last start on Sunday, his fastball popped well with good velo and spin, but his overall struggle with command led to him leaving a few balls out over the middle of the plate. Command is something that takes time to return, so it’ll be a key for his start today ahead of actual baseball being played. Of course, the game isn’t televised, so we won’t actually get to see if his command has improved.
Lineup-wise, there will be quite a few of the Opening Day starters in today’s game, with the Yankees once again signaling that Aaron Hicks may not be playing center field quite as much as most initially expected — he’s the DH today with Joey Gallo in center.
How to watch:
Location: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium (Lakeland, Florida)
First pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: Radio only
Radio broadcast: WFAN
Online stream: MLB.tv