The Yankees' offense is struggling, and things haven't looked, lately, like they're going to turn around anytime soon.
Making his first start of the DL Chris Sale retired the first 17 Yankees he faced, striking out 10 in the process. He lost a perfect game in the 6th inning because of a Zoilo Almonte single, but the Yanks would eventually go on to lose the game, 3-2, after their 9th inning rally fell short.
The Yankees have lost three of their last four games and are hardly getting an contributions from the guys they shelled out a ton of money to this offseason. Brian McCann is hitting .223 this season; Jacoby Ellsbury is in a terrible slump, falling below .300 in the past few weeks, as he now sits at .265; and Carlos Beltran was slumping before hitting the disabled list.
This team was suppose to be built around their offseason, with the starting rotation providing solid support. However, three of the five Opening Day starter are on the DL, and now the offense isn't hitting. Competing for a playoff spot will be really tough of this keeps up.
Tonight's lineup against Chicago:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira DH
- Brian McCann C
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Kelly Johnson 1B
Pitching matchup preview:
The Yankees are finally getting a break from all of the qualify starting pitchers they have been seeing lately between Sale, Jeff Samardjia and Jason Hammel. Tonight they'll be facing one of the worst pitchers in baseball right now, and a guy that use to be one of the Yankees' top farm hands before he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2011 as part of the Michael Pineda trade, Hector Noesi.
The White Sox are Noesi's third team this season after bouncing around on waivers a couple of times, and when I say he's been awful this season, it mean's that he's been awful, as he enters tonight 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA after allowing five runs in six innings in his last start.
And for the Yankees, they'll be handing the ball of to a proven veteran, who is capable of giving the Yankees a quality start tonight -- although we haven't seen much of that this season -- with Hiroki Kuroda taking the mound.
Kuroda got off to a terrible start this season, posting a 5.28 ERA in April, but has been better this month with a 3.83 ERA in four starts (three of them quality starts) and is coming off of a quality start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week when he gave up three runs over six innings.