The Yankees head into Wednesday night’s game looking to not only win their sixth game in a row but to clinch a series win in Anaheim against the Angels. C.C. Sabathia will toe the slab for the Yankees, as he tries to pick up his 3000th career strikeout—six away from this historic plateau. The 38-year-old left-hander hasn’t allowed an earned run through 10 innings so far this season, going 1-0 with eight strikeouts in two starts.
The Angels are going to the “opener” strategy on Wednesday, sending right-handed relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian to the mound. Over 10 appearances this season for the Angels, Bedrosian has a 4.09 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks in 11 innings pitched. It’s unclear who Anaheim will turn to after him.
Here are the lineups on both sides:
What to Watch For (Yankees):
- Gary Sanchez is back after a short injured list stint. Sanchez only played in one rehab game—catching five innings with Low-A Charleston on Monday.
- Brett Gardner is coming into the game on a little four-game hot streak, going 8-for-16 with one home run, one double, one triple, and two runs batted in, along with three walks and a hit by pitch. Gardner and Gio Urshella are the only Yankees on the roster that have a hit against Cam Bedrosian, as Gardner is 1-for-3 in his career and Urshela is 1-for-4 in his career.
- The rest of the Yankees’ starting lineup is a combined 0-for-5 lifetime against Bedrosian.
What to Watch For (Angels):
- Zack Cozart was originally in the Angels’ starting lineup when it was released, but he was later scratched due to his neck. Cozart had to leave Monday’s 14-inning affair early when he injured it baserunning. Tommy La Stella took his place in the lineup, as David Fletcher was shifted to third base.
- C.C. Sabathia has faced all of the Angels in their starting lineup except for David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella. Combined, they’re 5-for-68 (.235) with four home runs, five doubles, and seven runs batted in against him, along with 15 strikeouts and five walks.
- Mike Trout is a career 5-for-16 (.313) hitter against Sabathia with two solo home runs and two doubles, but he has five strikeouts, too. Trout is in a small “slump” over his last four games, only slashing .231/.500/.385 over 20 plate appearances.
Yankees’ Injury Notes:
- Clint Frazier will sit for the second straight game due to a sprained ankle. According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, his ankle was looking “pretty swollen” last night and he’s been sent for an MRI on it, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. According to James Wagner of The New York Times, the swelling wasn’t there originally, so no MRI was requested on Frazier’s ankle.
- In other injury-related news, Giancarlo Stanton, who has been sidelined on the 10-day injured list with a biceps strain, has “completely healed” from the injury, but he had to have a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Hoch. He’s going to stay back in Southern California through the rest of the week and re-join the team in Arizona next week. In Arizona, there’s a chance he can take his swinging regimen to the next level, but he won’t play for the Yankees during this road trip.
- According to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com, Miguel Andújar has faced some live pitching back in Tampa and that he could play in extended spring training games this weekend. With that being said, Harvey opines that surgery doesn’t look like it’s an option.
- Harvey also reported that Troy Tulowitzki has also faced live pitching in Tampa. Harvey notes that Tulowitzki might be closing in on playing games there, too.
- In the second half of Harvey’s injury report, he tweeted out that Didi Gregorius has made throws from the shortstop position in Tampa recently and that Gregorius is progressing.
- Lastly, Harvey reported that Aaron Hicks is getting closer to facing live pitching and getting into games in Tampa. So far, he’s been making throws from the outfield, while also running the bases, during his rehab in Tampa.