The Yankees stay home in the Bronx for another 3 game set. They come off taking 2 of 3 from rival Boston, where all 3 games were a blowout. They got great pitching and hitting 2 out of the 3, and nothing at all in the middle game of the set. They are tied for first place in the AL East after the weekend. The Yankees face the Braves, who have been a pleasant surprise this season. OF Nick Markakis is poised for an all-star game, second basemen Ozzie Albies is on pace to win NL Rookie of the Year, and first baseman Freddie Freeman is a strong candidate for NL MVP. All coupled with talented pitching, the Braves have World Series on their mind.
GAME ONE: Monday, July 2nd @ 7PM
Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93 ERA) vs Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68 ERA)
Rookie “Johnny Lasagna” starts off the series and has been off to a great start to his career. Out of 3 starts, he has 2 wins, and both of them have been scoreless outings. If he can continue to keep that up, it would be a luxury to have a guy like him at the bottom of the rotation. He will have to face very prominent veteran hitters like Markakis and Freeman, and it’ll be exciting to see if he can handle them. In his one shaky start, he only went 3.2 IP against Seattle. He will face veteran Anibal Sanchez, who only has 47 innings under his belt this year, but he has been solid when he plays, always giving his team a chance to win.
GAME TWO: Tuesday, July 3rd @7PM
Domingo German (2-4, 5.32 ERA) vs Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2,71 ERA)
Youngster German takes the mound in game two. His last start was a brutal one, giving up 6 runs against the Rays. He has had one relief appearance since then, giving one scoreless inning. He does not have an easy task, facing the 25 year old Newcomb, who has been showing the stuff of an ace this year. He has been consistently good and the Yankee bats have no cake walk in this game against a pitcher looking for a statement game before the all-star break.
GAME THREE: Wednesday, July 4th @1:05 PM
CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.02 ERA) vs Julio Teheran (6-5, 4.21 ERA)
CC takes the mound this Independence Day, coming off an absolutely dominant start against the Red Sox lineup. He went 7 innings and gave up 1 run and got the win. He will pitch in front of what is likely to be another full house for the holiday game. He faces Teheran, who has been a disappointment thus far in 2018, with only a 4.21 ERA. They expect big things from him, and although he hasn’t been awful, they still want better results from him.
This is an intriguing 3 game set between two really good young teams, each team has ROY candidates, and a young pitching staff that can get the job done. I’m really excited to see the young talent from both teams on full display in the Bronx. So, get the BBQ ready, grab a cold drink and enjoy the Yankees this Fourth of July before you go out and see the fireworks!