Game 48: Pineda Looks to Maintain Momentum

If you told a Yankee fan who only watched Michael Pineda pitch last year that he would have the second best ERA on the starting rotation, they probably would not believe you. The new year has brought new effectiveness to the tall right-hander. Batters hit .337 against his fastball last year, but they now just hit .266 against it. Pineda also has thrown only 50 more fastballs than sliders, which allows him to keep hitters guessing. His biggest challenge today will be to keep the ball down and induce ground outs from an A’s lineup that loves to hit home runs.

As a team, the Yankees look to be more effective with the bat today against Andrew Triggs. The A’s right-hander has not faced the Yankees much, but Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes each have recorded hits against him. Triggs started the season going 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA, but has regressed to a 3.97 ERA so far in the month of May. He has only walked 15 batters all year, so the Yankees need to jump on his mistakes in order to put runs on the board.

Chase Headley remains out of the lineup today as his nightmare slump continues. Headley told reporters he was disappointed in his own production on the field, but respected the manager’s decision to pinch hit for him in a high-leverage situation Friday night. Torreyes, who went 0-for-3 yesterday but put the ball in play in each at-bat, once again will start at the hot corner.

The A’s get a little extra offense into their lineup with the return of Yonder Alonso. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported that the lefty swinging Alonso had been taking batting practice at Yankee Stadium yesterday in hopes to be available off the bench. Alonso reportedly had been cleared to return to the lineup, was listed as out of the lineup, but now is back in. He had been dealing with a sore wrist after getting drilled by Miami Marlins’ Jarlin GarcíaBob Melvin adds an extra left-handed bat to his order today by giving regular catcher Stephen Vogt a half-day-off as the designated hitter.

Starting Lineups

Oakland Athletics
  1. Mark Canha – CF
  2. Stephen Vogt – DH
  3. Jed Lowrie – 2B
  4. Khris Davis – LF
  5. Yonder Alonso – 1B
  6. Ryon Healy – 3B
  7. Josh Phegley – C
  8. Matt Joyce – RF
  9. Adam Rosales – SS
New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Gary Sánchez – C
  3. Matt Holliday – DH
  4. Starlin Castro – 2B
  5. Aaron Judge – RF
  6. Didi Gregorius – SS
  7. Aaron Hicks – CF
  8. Chris Carter – 1B
  9. Ronald Torreyes – 3B

Pitching Matchup

Andrew Triggs (5-3, 2.77) vs. Michael Pineda (5-2, 3.35)

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