The Yankees got a great game from Gerrit Cole (but a questionable decision to leave him in the game) and bunted far too often, but another shutdown performance from the bullpen and a walk-off long ball from Gleyber did the job. Cue Sinatra!
As much as we’d like the rest of the Sunday to celebrate, we’ve got another game to play in a few minutes, so let’s look forward.
For Game 2, the Yankees will send Jordan Montgomery to the hill while the Rangers will counter with Glenn Otto. Otto is a former Yankees draft pick who went west in the trade for Joey Gallo last July and he’s had good results with Texas so far. He throws a four-seamer, slider, and curve and has had better success with the slow stuff (although his fast stuff isn’t particularly fast). To be fair, Otto’s underlying metrics aren’t good but he has shown an ability to get hitters to chase so the Yanks need to have their discipline hats on tonight.
If you’re an MBP reader, you know who Jordan Montgomery is. Monty has shown a ridiculous ability to get batters to chase (95th percentile in MLB) while simultaneously issuing very few free passes (83rd percentile in BB rate). I’m not an MLB pitching coach, but that sure sounds to me like a pitcher who can read a situation and knows when to bounce a curve on top of home plate and when to be aggressive.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:15. You can catch the game on the YES Network and MLB.tv, and you can listen on WFAN 101.9/660 and WADO 1280. As always, you can follow me @mybaseballpage1 on Twitter and the “My Baseball Page” on Facebook.
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