Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert brought the Late Show to Citi Field for the start of the Subway Series between the New York Mets and New York Yankees.
During batting practice Colbert rode a Segway Ninebot around the warning track while tossing a baseball with the pitchers who were shagging fly balls in the outfield. He then interviewed Seth Lugo, finishing up by handing him a puppy to hold for his new, updated baseball card which will appeal more to an internet audience.
Yolmer Sanchez (B), 20 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics (RHP Chris Bassitt): With just enough time to put on a fresh uniform between games, not many players will partake in both ends of the twin bill. Someone like Sanchez has the best shot, since he’s a switch-hitter and the Athletics are starting lefty Sean Manaea in the nightcap. Matt Davidson is another option, since he usually occupies the designated hitter role.
Dansby Swanson (R), 31 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Alex Cobb): Cobb continues to be one of the worst starters in the league, sporting a 7.14 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. Both Swanson and switch-hitter Johan Camargo are in play today. Swanson’s allure is hitting second on what should be a productive night in SunTrust Park while Camargo enjoys the platoon edge all game, albeit down in the order.
PEN PALS: Since 4/21, Yankees relievers have posted a 2.49 ERA (130.0IP, 36ER) with 165K…had posted a 4.34 (74.2IP, 36ER) in their first 18G of the season…their 2.49 in ERA in that span ranks second in the Majors behind Milwaukee (2.45).
Yankees relievers lead the Majors with 276K and rank second with a.208 opponents’ BA…rank third in the AL and sixth in the Majors with a 3.17 ERA.
Three Yankees rank in the top eight in strikeouts in the AL among relievers: LHP Aroldis Chapman (46K, 2nd), Dellin Betances (45K, 3rd) and RHP Chad Green (38K, T-7th).
CC Sabathia (L), rostered in 42 percent of ESPN leagues, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays: After a rough stretch in May, when Sabathia allowed at least four runs in four straight outings, he settled down in his past three, permitting just five earned in 20.1 frames, fanning 19 with just five free passes. His last victims were the Rays at home, with the rematch in Tropicana Field. Repeating that 7 2/3-inning, 10-strikeout effort is optimistic. However, since the Rays are a below-average unit with an above-average strikeout rate versus southpaws, a strong follow-up is in order.