— MiLB.com (@MiLB) June 23, 2016
After two gut-wrenching losses to the lowly San Diego Padres, the New York Yankees will turn to youngster Chad Green to stop the bleeding.
- New York Yankees (39-41)
- San Diego Padres (35-46)
- Interleague, 4:40 pm ET, YES Network
- Petco Park, San Diego, CA
High hopes rode over the New York Yankees’ trip to San Diego. It was an opportunity to get over the hump, start a 10-game road trip on the right foot, make up ground in the AL East, and restore relevancy as a whole.
With that said, that has been the hope all year long. An inability to beat up on lesser opponents has kept the Yanks from the promise land, particularly in the past two weeks. A 6-5 record in an 11 game stretch exclusively against the Twins and the Rockies did not cut it.
After splitting a series with the Texas Rangers, a season long battle with .500 was put to the test this weekend. All they have proved thus far is that it may be getting late in Yankee land.
After failing to make up ground in any area, they will try to keep themselves from being buried by an extremely detrimental sweep. In trying to avoid dropping three games below the watermark, they send a guy to the mound who supplies this game with toss-up odds at best.
Chad Green will get the spot start for the Yankees, who decided to push back CC Sabathia in order to keep him from running the bases in an NL park. Currently dazzling with Triple-A Scranton, the 25-year-old leads the International League with a 1.54 ERA, ranks second in WHIP with a 0.98 mark, and strikes out about a batter an inning.
The right-hander received one spot start earlier in the year against Arizona in which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits over four subpar frames.
Opposing him on the mound for the Padres will be 29-year-old righty Andrew Cashner (3-5, 4.75 ERA). Landing on the DL back on June 11 with a strained neck, he will make his return to the rubber today looking to help put the finishing touches on a sweep.
Prior to going down, Cashner had struggled in a seven start span that featured him pitching to a 5.06 ERA. With a clean bill of health, he will aim to turn his season around.
Yankees lineup at Padres: Ellsbury cf Gardner lf Teixeira 1b McCann c Castro 2b Gregorius ss Hicks rf Torreyes 3b Green p
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 3, 2016
Cash is back! Series finale vs. NYY at 1:40PM with Cashner on the hill for the first time since 6/10. Full lineup: pic.twitter.com/5KhzHC41J7
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 3, 2016
Chad Green makes a case to remain in the rotation by firing six strong innings, but the Yankees are not able to come up with sufficient offense against a dominant Andrew Cashner. Wil Myers goes deep again for the Padres, who complete the three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory.