The Yankees haven’t swept the Angels in Anaheim since July 1994, but they send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound in search of a 4-game sweep tonight.
Tanaka has been off to a fantastic start for the Yankees, with a 2-1 record and 2.76 ERA. He has 28 strikeouts to just eight walks and has allowed less than a hit per inning. In three career starts in Anaheim, Tanaka is 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA. That is the lowest ERA at any ballpark that he’s pitched in since coming to the MLB from Japan.
The Angels turn to Trevor Cahill to pitch, and not hit this time. He’s 1-2 with an inflated 5.47 ERA to begin the season. He got knocked around for five runs on six hits in 4⅓ innings his last time out against Seattle. Since debuting in 2009, Cahill is 1-4 with a 10.09 ERA against the Yankees in seven games.
Here’s the lineups for both sides:
- DJ LeMahieu – 2B
- Luke Voit – DH
- Brett Gardner – CF
- Gary Sánchez – C
- Mike Tauchman – RF
- Gleyber Torres – SS
- Mike Ford – 1B
- Gio Urshela – 3B
- Tyler Wade – LF
- Kole Calhoun – RF
- Mike Trout – CF
- Justin Bour – 1B
- Andrelton Simmons – DH
- Brian Goodwin – LF
- Jonathan Lucroy – C
- Tommy La Stella – 3B
- David Fletcher – SS
- Luis Rengifo – 2B
What to Watch For
- Cameron Maybin is expected to make it in time for tonight’s game, and will be in uniform for the Yankees. In an eight plate appearance sample, he’s .333/.500/1.000 against Trevor Cahill with a double and a home run.
- The current Yankees have not had a ton of success against Cahill, but also are victims of miniscule sample sizes. The highest is DJ LeMahieu, who is 0-for-8 against the Angels righty. Gary Sánchez and Luke Voit have each homered off him.
- Luke Voit could tie Derek Jeter (2012 to 2013) for the longest on-base streak in the last 10 years for the Yankees should he get on base again tonight.
- Luis Rengifo will make his MLB debut batting 9th at second base tonight after Zack Cozart was placed on the 10-day injured list with a neck strain. He was slashing .240/.284/.387 in 17 games for Triple-A Salt Lake before his callup.
- The Yankees have done a great job of keeping Mike Trout from beating them. He’s got a .111/.429/.111 slashline and the Yankees have made it a priority to walk him rather than give up a big hit. He does have a lifetime .308/.400/.308 against Tanaka, however.
- Jonathan Lucroy is the other player Tanaka needs to hold in check. The backstop is 3-for-6 against him and has struck out only once.
- Miguel Andújar is scheduled to play 4-5 innings in an extended Spring Training game tomorrow at third base. Aaron Boone told reporters that if all goes well, he thinks Andújar could be MLB ready within a week.
- Andy Martino of SNY tweeted that the Yankees expect Giancarlo Stanton’s shoulder flare-up to be a minor setback and that it should only add a week or so to his recovery.
- “Troy Tulowitzki might be the next injured Yankee to return,” according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. He’s working his way back from a calf strain, and seems likely to begin rehab games in Tampa.