It’s time for Sonny Gray‘s highly-anticipated New York Yankees debut, which will come against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Thursday.After the rain put a damper on the New York Yankees winning ways, it’s time they turn to the newly-acquired Sonny Gray as they face the reigning American League Champions, the Cleveland Indians.
Gray, who was traded to New York on July 31, is 6-5 this season with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts. The 27-year-old has been lights-out in July, posting a .187/.245/.275 opponent’s slash line and a 1.48 ERA — baseball’s seventh-best among starters with at least 20 innings pitched this month.
The newest Yankee will face a tall-task on Thursday night, as Corey Kluber is set to make his sixth career start and appearance against the Yankees. In his five previous starts, the 31-year-old has gone 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA.
New York is also getting him in his natural habitat, where he has thrived. In 10 starts this season at Progressive Field, Kluber is 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA — the second-lowest home average in the AL.
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Match-Up To Watch: Kluber vs Gardner
In his career against tonight’s Indians’ starter, Yankees’ left fielder Brett Gardner owns a .364/.417/.636 slash line with a home run and three RBI’s. Kluber, however, has registered 69 strikeouts out of the 205 lefties faced this season (34 percent), making this a power-on-power matchup to keep an eye on.
After going 1-for-4 in Tuesday’s loss to the Detroit Tigers, Gardner extended his hitting streak 14 games (since 7/18). That’s the longest of his career and the longest active streak in the Majors. In 60 at-bats during the streak, he has recorded 19 hits (.317).
This Day In Yankees History:
On Aug. 3, 1959, Hall-Of-Fame catcher Yogi Berra connected for his first and only All-Star Game home run in the second All-Star
game of the 1959 season. It helped drive the American League to a 5-3 win at Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum.
How To Watch:
- Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
- Channel: YES Network, SportsTime Ohio
- Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
- Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH