Indians and Yankees Postponed, Will Play Two Wednesday
Bob Toth | On 29, Aug 2017
Rains in New York on Tuesday forced the cancellation of the 7:05 PM ET game between the Yankees and the visiting Cleveland Indians.
The middle game of the three-game set between two of the top teams in the American League will be rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon as part of a traditional twin bill from Yankee Stadium.
Tuesday’s originally scheduled probables, right-hander Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) and left-hander Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.52), will get the call in the first game of Wednesday’s double dip at 1:05 PM ET.
Bauer is riding a particularly hot stretch on the mound for Cleveland with wins in his last six decisions. His last time out, he knocked out the Boston Red Sox behind good offensive support while allowing four runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings. That outing ended a stretch of five consecutive quality starts for the right-hander. In his previous outing against the Yankees earlier this month, he earned his second career win over New York after firing seven innings of one-run baseball. He is 6-1 in eight second half starts (and one relief appearance).
Garcia will take his second shot at the Indians in the month and will hope to fare better than his first attempt. He was tagged by the Tribe for six runs (five earned) on five hits with four walks in just four and two-thirds innings in his first start with the Yankees after being acquired in a late July trade from the Minnesota Twins. He is winless in four starts with New York and has not won a game since winning three straight games in a tumultuous July, when he won his final two decisions with the Atlanta Braves before earning the win in his only appearance with Minnesota after being dealt to the Twins prior to the deadline.
The second game will feature neither pitcher from the day’s original matchup – Josh Tomlin (7-9, 5.38) nor CC Sabathia (10-5, 3.82). Tomlin will remain on the disabled list through the day and Thursday’s off day and is expected to be activated on Friday prior to the Indians’ doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers this weekend. Tomlin could appear in one of those games, or could be utilized later in the weekend set.
The Indians will call up left-hander Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.76), who made his best regular season start to date in his last spot start for the club when he blanked Kansas City over six and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and a walk in earning his first win of the season. Merritt will be recalled to take the place of reliever Dan Otero, who will be placed on the paternity list. Right-hander Shawn Armstrong will make his seventh trip to the Indians roster as the team’s 26th man for the day.
The Yankees will counter with a left-hander of their own in Jordan Montgomery (7-6, 4.00). Montgomery is set to be added as the 26th man on the Yankees roster for the game from his current spot at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes/Barre. He had made just his second minor league appearance of the season on Friday and his first for the RailRiders after his most recent option to the club. He has been a solid contributor to the Yankees staff throughout the season, but was the odd man out after New York added two starting pitchers at the trade deadline. He faced the Indians on August 5 in Cleveland, taking a no-decision while allowing one run (on a solo home run) on three hits in total over five innings with seven strikeouts on just 65 pitches.
The Indians have a day off on Thursday before playing four in Detroit this weekend, beginning with their doubleheader on Friday.
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