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Know Your Enemy: New York Yankees

Field of Dreams! Same uniforms for 100 years! They’re so boring!

Happy Baseball in a Cornfield Day for those who celebrate!

(That is my contractually-obligated mention of the Field of Dreams game.)

Last time

Andrew Vaughn hit a home run off of Aroldis Chapman, and that was the only good thing that happened.

The White Sox got roundly swept out of the Bronx by the Yankees. Our bullpen may hate the Yankees more than the rest of us.

How’s it going?

The Yankees are currently 63-51, six games back in the AL East. The Yankees were on a tailspin before the All-Star break, but are currently 13-7 in the last 20 games so they somehow righted the ship.

Against Central opponents, they’re 15-7, and they’re 31-26 on the road. Since the start of July, they’re on pace for a 103-win season. Aroldis Chapman, Clay Holmes, and Michael King are all out hurt, and the bullpen may be feeling the pressure by having to pick up extra work.

Additionally the Yankees are without recent acquisition Anthony Rizzo, Gary Sánchez, Gerrit Cole, and Jordan Montgomery due to COVID-19 protocols. Gio Urshela is dealing with a hamstring strain and Gleybar Torres is out with a sprained thumb. Oooof.

It’s worth noting that the dimensions of the Field of Dreams park is 335 feet down the lines, 380 in the gaps, and 400 dead center, so I imagine there’s going to be a lot of hits and run-scoring in the opener.

Pitching matchups

Today is Lance Lynn against Andrew Heaney. Lynn was tapped to fill in for Carlos Rodón, who is taking a break on the IL with some shoulder fatigue (get well soon, Los!). Lynn is 2-2 against the Yankees and last faced them in 2019. In his last seven starts, Lynn is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA over 39 innings while striking out 44 and walking 14.

Andrew Heaney is 7-8 this season with a 5.45 ERA over 104 innings, striking out 126 and walking 34 while giving up 102 hits and 63 earned runs. Through his last seven starts, he’s 3-3 over 35 13 innings with a 6.88 ERA. At the deadline, Heaney came over to the Yankees from the Angels with some cash for minor leaguers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero. In his last five appearances against the White Sox, Heaney has gone 3-1 over 29 innings with a 4.66 ERA. Heaney relies on three pitches. 4-seam (59%), curveball (22%), and changeup (17%).

Saturday (Friday being the off-day, because it’s a long drive from Iowa to Chicago) is going to see Dylan Cease and TBD. In his last seven games, Cease is posting a 4.50 ERA and 2-3 record over 38 innings. In the one time in his career that he faced the Yankees back in May, Cease went 4 13 innings and gave up five earned runs to earn a whopping 10.38 ERA. Hopefully, Saturday goes better.

Sunday for the close is Lucas Giolito vs. TBD. Giolito is 3-3 in his last seven games, lasting 43 13 innings and posting a 3.74 ERA. He’s 2-1 against the Yankees, having last faced them in 2019, posting a 6.75 ERA over 16 innings.

Why we hate them