Following a dismal road trip, the New York Yankees are looking for some revenge as they take on the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.
Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.71) will make his 14th start of the 2017 season facing the Angels for the second straight start. Clearly, he’s looking for a better outing as he tied season highs with 10 hits surrendered and five earned runs over six innings of work in a no-decision on Thursday.
Countering Pineda will be Parker Birdwell (1-0, 2.79 ERA), who will start in place of injured right-hander Matt Shoemaker. His last appearance was out of the bullpen on June 14, when he held the Yankees to one run (unearned) on seven hits with no walks in 3.2 innings. In six games (five starts) for Triple-A Salt Lake, Birdwell owns a 2-3 record with a 4.28 ERA.
The Yankees are finally back in fighting shape, getting both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks back in the lineup together for the first time since injury struck.
Yankees lineup vs. Angels:
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 20, 2017
Player To Watch: Luis Valbuena
In his career against Pineda, Valbuena is 6-for-14 (.429) with one double and a RBI. That includes his day on Wednesday when the 31-year-old drove in Cameron Maybin on a sac-fly — it actually could have been a grand slam — in the first then smacked a line-drive double to right off Pineda in the fifth.
The Yankees rank second in all of Major League Baseball with 383 runs scored which is also the team’s third-highest run total through 67 games since 1951, trailing 1998 (413) and 2006 (388).
What A Relief:
After New York’s ‘pen went 0-4 on the trip to California, stud closer Aroldis Chapman is back in the mix after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list Sunday in order to recover from left rotator cuff inflammation. That slides Tyler Clippard back into the seventh inning, Dellin Betances back into the eighth and further bridges the gap from starter to game over.
Aaron Judge is likely everyone’s favorite to win the American League MVP right now, but the Angels are hoping to keep the 6-foot-7 slugger in check once again. In last week’s three-game set at Angels Stadium, Judge went 3-for-15 (.200) with a homer and five strikeouts.
This Day In Yankees History:
On June 20, 1983, Bobby Murcer retired from the game of baseball. The then-37-year-old played 13 of his 17-year career with the Yankees totaling 1,862 hits, 252 home runs, 972 runs and 1,043 RBI in 1,908 games. He was a five-time All-Star and won the gold glove in 1972 for his year-long defensive showcase in centerfield.
How To Watch:
- Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
- Channel: WPIX, MLBN (out of market only)
- Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
- Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY