The injury-prone New York Yankees roster go to Chicago Tuesdasy to face the Cubs on the first game of a 6 day Chicago battle (2 against the Cubs, 4 against the White Sox) and they are going to need consistency from their bullpen if they want to come ahead.
With CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova and Shawn Kelley on the Disabled List, New York needs to get the most out of their pitchers.
They start with Tanaka Tuesday night, which will guarantee at least a competitive game. Tanaka has been pitch perfect this season when most of the starters have been struggling due to suspension or injuries. Fans can only hope the rest of the pen delivers in an effort to keep New York on top of the AL East.
Here are the match ups against the Cubs:
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-0, 2.17)
RHP Jason Hammel (4-2, 3.06)
RHP Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00)
RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.62)
We also have two interesting facts about the game tonight: it will be Alfonso Soriano‘s first appearance at the Wrigley Field after he was traded to the Yanks for a minor league pitcher in the rebuilding process that Chicago was going through – two-time all star, he played 7 years in Chicago .
The other fact is that Derek Jeter is going back to the Wrigley for the first time since 2003. He was injured in 2005 and did not go with the team. This time is for his farewell tour.
It will be interesting. Yankees still fighting their way around the injuries and Jeter making a trip to the great baseball town of Chicago for the last time.