Yanks Need More of the Same Tonight

The Yankees did what they were supposed to do last night: The bats bludgeoned a pitcher that they’re supposed to bludgeon to the tune of 11 hits, with six for extra bases. Nestor Cortes, who clearly didn’t have his best command, showed us again that even “bad” Nestor isn’t “bad” as his 48-game score attests. The win, their seventh in a row, left the Yankees with a 14-6 mark, good for first place in the AL East.

Looking forward to tonight, we need to see more of the same. Gerrit Cole, the Yankees ace, is on the mound for the Bombers and the Royals ace…will not be. Instead, Carlos Hernández will get the start for the Royals, who although had a good 2021 season, isn’t someone that should scare the Yankees. As predominantly a two-pitch pitcher, Hernández is likely best suited to come out of the ‘pen as he did most of last year (a two-pitch arsenal worked in 1966, but is a recipe for disaster today.) The 25-year-old righty from Venezuela has made three starts so far in ’22 and has allowed 10 runs on 20 hits over 14 innings.

The first pitch is at 7:10 PM, EDT. You can watch the game on YES, and listen on WFAN 101.9/660 and WADO 1280. Also, feel free to join me @mybasbeallpage1 on Twitter and on the “My Baseball Page” on Facebook.

Tangentially, since the game doesn’t start until 7:10, you may want to check out the Angels vs. White Sox game on FS1 at 4:05 PM EDT. Chicago is off to a horrible start, coming in at 7-12 in the awful AL Central, while the Angels are off to a great 14-7 start, which is good for tops in the AL West. Of course, both teams have players that are must-see TV – should be a good one.

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