Can we define this as the beginning of the Oswald Peraza era? I don’t think putting undue pressure on the rookie is a good idea, but I’m also focused on moving on from a terrible Yankees August. I guess we’ll just need another name for that. How about September? (Thanks, blessed Gregorian calendar.)
Sadly, the Yankees apparently don’t believe in the Oswald Peraza era because the prospect in the Top-100 doesn’t even start tonight. Not even rookie colleague Oswaldo Cabrera, who hasn’t started since Tuesday. We are in the middle of a very stupid time to be a Yankees fan.
Matt and Andrés have already set the table for how important this series is now to the Yankees, so I encourage you to read their previews (maybe Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone lost the memo). SparkNotes’ version is that the 15-game lead New York held over Tampa on August 2 has shrunk to just six, and with a bad streak at Tropicana Field – which, let’s face it, a lot has happened to this team in the past ten. years – could reduce it to three. It’s time to dismiss after a terrible month and state that this can be a team that not only wins the division, but also goes into a long playoff streak.
Domingo Germán conquers the hill after the longest and most successful start of his five-year career. Although the Yankees attack inexplicably failed in Oakland, the right-footed right-footed him with 7.2 innings of three-stroke ball. As are not a good team, so take it with a grain of salt, but Germán has also recently made commendable efforts against a couple of future NL playoff teams in the Mets and Cardinals.
The Rays did better at Yankee Stadium on August 17, when Germán did not come out of fifth, losing three points out of five shots and a walk. Overall, he has exceeded expectations but will have to do better as there will be no Josh Donaldson walk-off slam this time around to save him.
If it seems to you that the Yankees have seen an oddly high amount of Jeffrey Springs starts this season, you are not wrong. This will mark his third start against them on 19 of the year. Springs has been doing well since he entered the full-time rotation in mid-May. In 15 starts between May 15 and August 22, he pitched at 2.54 ERA, 3.37 FIP and over one strikeout per inning. Springs may be tiring, however, as the former reliever has now crossed the 100 innings for the first time since 2017, when he was 24 at High-A, and was crushed by the Red Sox on his last time.
Solo homers of Gleyber Torres and Matt Carpenter condemned an otherwise good start from Springs against New York on May 27, but got a pretty solid revenge on August 16 with five innings of two hits and a ball at Yankee Stadium. Who will win Round 3?
As noted earlier, Peraza and Cabrera won’t start tonight because the Yankees hate you. Instead we get everything of the Struggle City team: Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson. Anthony Rizzo had an epidural coping with his back injury and he won’t play until Tuesday, and DJ LeMahieu (who is fighting through injury) will play first. Andrew Benintendi beats third and he’s not bad or anything, but man, I feel uninspired.
Whatever. I just want to see some Aaron Judge dingers at this point. So let’s move on.
How to watch
Position: Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL
First pitch: 7:10 pm ET
Telecast: YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, MLB Network (off market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660 / 101.9, WADO 1380, SN590
Stream online: MLB.tv
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