If the Yanks can battle their option to a win, they’ll have the ability to hand the ball to ace Gerrit Cole (albeit on brief relaxation) in a decisive Sport 5 on Friday. However first, they’ll need assistance from lefty starter Jordan Montgomery and the host of relievers they’ll possible deploy Thursday evening.
Montgomery, who final pitched two weeks in the past, has had an uneven season, pitching to a 5.11 ERA over 10 begins totaling 44 innings. However he additionally carried a 3.87 FIP in these contests and boasted sturdy strikeout-to-walk numbers (47 Okay/9 BB). He’ll have his work minimize out for him towards a Tampa offense that has largely feasted on Yankees pitchers not named Cole. They hit higher towards lefties than righties throughout the common season (.795 OPS vs. .738 OPS, respectively) they usually’ve merely torched southpaws in a restricted postseason pattern to this point, to the tune of a .326 common and 1.038 OPS. Hey, not less than Chapman and Britton are effectively rested.
The Yankees lineup, which is able to as soon as once more function Kyle Higashioka behind the plate in place of Gary Sánchez, will sq. off towards 28-year-old rookie Ryan Thompson, although for the way lengthy stays to be seen, because the Rays intend on utilizing the side-arming righty as an opener. Thompson doesn’t have nice numbers: a 4.44 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 1.41 WHIP in 26.1 innings this season.
Right here’s the lineup Aaron Boone will roll out:
And right here’s who the Rays will function:
The right way to Watch
Time: 7:10 p.m. EST
Location: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Radio: ESPN Radio, WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (local listings)