Trying to continue that run, the Yankees head to Texas to play a three-game series against the Rangers. Texas currently sits in fifth in the AL West, but they have some solid pitchers, and the likes of Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo can both hit baseballs over fences. Let’s see how the pitching matchups shake out for this set.
Game One: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Bartolo Colon
After going five inning in the rain-suspended game in Washington, Tanaka returns to the mound for the series opener in Texas. He wasn’t great in the Nationals’ game, getting tagged for two home runs, but he also wasn’t awful, finishing his outing on a high note. His results have been middling of late, but maybe his fortunes will change against a Texas team that is only averaging about four runs per game.
His opposite number will be former Yankee Bartolo Colon. The Rangers’ starter is having a pretty good season, especially considering that he once shared a rotation with Old Hoss Radbourn. However, in two meetings with him last year, the Yankees tagged him for ten runs in a combined 7.1 innings
Game Two: Domingo German vs. Cole Hamels
German followed up his stellar rotation debut with a less than stellar performance against the Athletics. His career is still young, so it’s far too early to tell which direction he will go in his third go-round.
Hamels has been pretty good of late, allowing just five earned runs in 23.1 innings across his last four starts. This will be the first time the Yankees have faced him since the 2016 season, when he threw seven scoreless innings. A lot has obviously changed in the meantime.
Game Three: CC Sabathia vs. Doug Fister
Following his excellent start to the season, Sabathia has dealt with some regression. While not all of it was his fault, he took the loss in Friday night’s game against the Royals. Like Hamels, it’s been a while since CC faced the Rangers, but he’s gotten roughed up in several of his most recent games against them.
On the other side, it’s just eight starts in, but Fister is currently on pace for his best season since 2014. His seven scoreless innings against the White Sox dropped his ERA to 3.43. However, a glance at his 4.76 FIP shows there could be some regression in store here. The Yankees certainly have the lineup to do that to him.