The YankeesAs expected, they don’t play at 120 wins anymore. As a result, they can no longer say they have the best record in baseball: at 70-33, this honor belongs to Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s not to say 70-36 Yankees are suddenly a bad football club, even after they’ve been 18-18 in their last 36 games. They’re still an elite squad, and they’ll try to clinch a two-game losing streak when they visit St. Louis Cardinals Three matches start tonight at Bosch Stadium.
The Cardinals 56-48 are fiercely vying for the playoff venue. In fact, they’re only half a game behind Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central ranking. They were reportedly among the finalists for star player Juan Soto, but of course he ended up with San Diego Padres.
The cards secured some rotation to help navigate the second half and try to secure their spot in the post-season, bringing in Jose Quintana (and loyal Chris Stratton) from Pittsburgh Pirates And Jordan Montgomery, left of the Yankees, sacrificed midfielder Harrison Bader in the process.
Let’s take a look at the frantic matches of the weekend series, where Yankees fans will see Monty dressed in a different outfit for the first time ever.
Friday: Nestor Curtis vs. Dakota Hudson (8:15 p.m. ET)
Curtis wasn’t the sub-2-era era pitcher he was at the start of the season, but he’s settled as one of the top players on the rotation. He’s an All-Star Game, has 2.53 ERA of the season (in 106.2 innings) and accumulated 111 punches and 1.02 WHIP. He only allowed three earned runs in his last three starts, which cover 18 frames.
In 19 starts and 101 runs, Hudson has a 4.10 ERA. He has a terrible BB/K, though, at 44/54, and his FIP is a much higher 4.62. He’s hitting fewer hits than ever, and the Yankees’ attack can be tough for him. He had never encountered them in his career.
Saturday: Domingo Germain vs. Jordan Montgomery (7:15 p.m. ET)
After allowing five games in three rounds during his first start to the year against Houston AstrosGermán gave up four in 9.2 shots to New York Mets and the Seattle Mariners. His 6/10 BB/K ratio indicates that he is still not fully ‘comeback’, and he will face a strong lineup tomorrow.
Montgomery will debut with the Cardinals on Saturday; Fate is so strange and cruel that his first opponent will be the team that forged and developed him. The southpaw has had a 5.25 ERA in its last seven starts, so it hasn’t been quite sharp lately, but it’s still quite a solid start for any competitor with a 3.69 ERA of the season and a career mark of 3.94.
Sunday: Frankie Montas vs Adam Wainwright (2:15pm ET)
The Yankees’ biggest commercial deadline acquisition will debut in striped stripes on Sunday after missing a few days while concerned about a family affair. He has a 3.18 ERA for the season, in 104.2 innings, while hitting 109 hits. He missed several starts in July with a sore right shoulder, but now he’s healthy and ready to go.
The 40-year-old Wainwright is still as good as ever. The ageless wonder has a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts and 130.1 innings. After being defeated on July 22 against Cincinnati Reds (Seven runs earned in 5.1 shots) He bounced well with only one run allowed in 14 runs over his last two games. Sunday’s game will be only his second game against the Yankees in his career.