The New York Yankees are looking to leave Wrigley Field with three wins and turn to Luis Severino to get the job done.
The New York Yankees are rolling and fresh off the series-clinching win on Saturday, the Bombers will look to sweep the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday night.
Joe Girardi will hand the ball to Luis Severino for his sixth start of the season coming off a rough loss against the Toronto Blue Jays in which he surrendered five runs over 5.2 innings of work. In three of his last four starts, the 23-year-old has allowed three-or-fewer runs and owns the fifth-lowest OBP against in the American League.
The Cubs will send Jon Lester (1-1, 3.67 ERA) to the hill in order to avoid the sweep. The lefty has faced the Yankees 29 times thanks to his time with the Boston Red Sox. The 33-year-old has registered a 13-6 record and has maintained a 3.78 ERA while striking out 172 batters over 174.2 innings of work.
Good morning, Yankees fans! A few stats to get your Sunday started right: We lead the AL in batting average (.278), runs (162) and HR (47). pic.twitter.com/RKKSj3frDC
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 7, 2017
— Christian Kouroupakis (@ckouroupakis) May 7, 2017
Chicago Cubs Lineup: Zobrist in Right, Jay in Center as Lester Looks to Avoid Sweep #Cubs #MLB https://t.co/lxBCe6YVp6 pic.twitter.com/nqaS1uWb67
— Cubs 101 (@Cubs_101) May 7, 2017
With a win on Saturday, the Yankees (18-5 since April 9) matched their best 23-game stretch since an 18-5 run from June 3-28, 2012. Additionally, the team is now 10 games over .500, a mark they didn’t reach until September 9 a year ago.
Player To Watch: Matt Holliday
Holliday is making his first career Yankee start at first base tonight after sitting during the first two games of the series in Wrigley.
The usual designated hitter has made 10 appearances at the position (nine starts) and while he hasn’t made an error in 61.2 total innings there, his bat is obviously the reason Girardi penciled him in tonight.
In 12 at-bats vs Lester, the 37-year-old has recorded six hits (.500) with three RBI and owns a career .305/.400/.520 slash line with 24 home runs in 123 games against the Cubs.
- Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM (English), WADO 1280AM (Spanish), 670 The Score
- Place: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL