The Yankees are in Anaheim after a pretty tough homestand that saw them lose both games against the Seattle Mariners, and two of three games to the Tampa Bay Rays. The first three games of that homestand, however, were against the Los Angeles Angels, with the Yankees taking two of the three games.
The Yankees will be facing those same Angels tonight at 10:05 pm ET. New York was hoping the have Brendan Ryan off the DL for tonight's game, but because of the rainout against the Mariners last Wednesday, Michael Pineda's 10-game suspension isn't technically over, so they'll have to wait until after the game to activate him.
The Bombers could use the help, as they have ben playing short-handed the past nine games because of Pineda' suspension. The offense has been lacking run support, but at the same time, the starting rotation is not doing anything to keep opposing teams off the board.
Both CC Sabathia, who only lasted 3.2 innings on Sunday, and Hiroki Kuroda have been terrible, and have not provided the veteran leadership in the rotation that they should.
And with David Phelps on the mound tonight, all we can do is hope for the best.
Tonight's lineup against Los Angeles:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Kelly Johnson 3B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
Tonight's pitching matchup:
As I mentioned, Phelps gets the ball tonight for the Bombers, making his first start of the season. Phelps is in the rotation because of the Pineda suspension. He was suppose to start in Pineda's place on Wednesday against Seattle, but with the rain out, the Yankees decided to skip over him.
Phelps hasn't pitched in a game since April 23rd, so don't be surprised is he looks pretty rusty in the first couple of innings, as he hasn't faced any live hitters since that last appearance over two weeks ago.
And for the run-troubled lineup, they'll be facing Angels ace Jered Weaver, who is 2-2 this season with a 4.00 ERA. Weaver, a three-time all-star, didn't face the Yankees in the Angels' trip to Yankee Stadium last week, so it'll be his first out to the mound against the Bombers this season.