With the Yankees taking two of three from the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants, the team has improved its second half record to 6-4. The starting pitching has been phenomenal, allowing just six earned runs in 23.2 innings of work. As for the lights out bullpen, it’s been as advertised. With closer Aroldis Chapman traded away to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for P Adam Warren and prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford, this leaves the back end of things to Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. As of today, the Yankees have claimed that Miller is “unavailable” in trade talks, at least for this week.
Now the focus shifts to Houston. The Yankees enter the series against the Astros just 4 ½ games back in the Wild Card race. The Astros, who have been surging (sweeping the Angles), see itself just a half game out of the Wild Card. This is really a chance for the Yanks to make a move – if they can win the Houston series, it will narrow the gap in the standings. Michael Pineda gets the ball tonight, who pitched a five-hit shutout over six innings with eight strikeouts in his last outing against Baltimore.
Prospect Alert: Astros will be promoting their top prospect, Alex Bregman, for tonight’s game. Bregman, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, has breezed right through the minors. Bregman hit .356/.397/.685 with six homers and 15 RBI in 17 games with AAA Fresno. He hits sixth and will be getting the start at third base.
Written by Alex Cammarata