Apparently, the Yankees’ position players were getting a little bored with the well-deserved, but frequent and widespread praise the pitching staff has received so far this season. The hitters decided that the best way to get some attention for themselves was to put up consecutive game totals of six and five runs against Toronto, then put a two-touchdown with a two-point extra point conversion beating on the White Sox last night. The flex was impressive but as eye-popping as it was, it only counts for one “W” in the standings, so the Yankees have to get back at it tonight when they take on the White Sox again in the second game of the four-game series.
Chicago’s Vince Velasquez gets the chore of trying to quiet the Yankees bats tonight. Velasquez has been a bit of a conundrum for the ChiSox in 2022 as his average exit velocity, xSLG, and xwOBA all rank in the 12th percentile or worse in MLB – frankly, Vince has surrendered a lot of hard-hit balls. That said, the actual results haven’t been awful over his first five starts as he’s put up an ERA of 3.97 with a 4.32 FIP. Everything but the kitchen sink will come at the Yankees tonight as Velasquez features five pitches, but 42 percent of the time it’ll be a four-seamer, and based on his heat maps, most of them will be middle/middle.
Cue Kenny Loggins because the Yankees are countering with their “Top Gun” who’s been firing on all cylinders recently. After an up and down start to the season, Gerrit Cole has been dominant over his past three starts, allowing only one run over 19 innings while striking out 25 to four walks over that stretch. Another good outing from Cole will go a long way toward the Yankees maintaining (at a minimum) their 4.5-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East.
Velasquez’s first pitch will be at 8:10 PM, EDT from the South Side. You can watch the game on Amazon Prime Video, MLB.tv, and NBCS-CHI. If you’d rather listen, John and Suzyn will have the call on WFAN 101.9/660. As always, you can follow along with me @mybaseballpage1 on Twitter and the “My Baseball Page” on Facebook.
Let’s do this. Heave-ho, five in a row!
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