Game 97: Second-Half Sonny Aims for Rebound

Still not making any Sonny weather jokes until Gray is good.

After leaving 14 men on base last night in a frustrating loss to the last-place Mets, the Yankees call on Sonny Gray in a Saturday matinee from the Bronx.

Gray has disappointed this season, plain and simple. His 5.46 ERA is the second-worst on the Yankees’ staff, but his last start against the Orioles before the All-Star break showed encouraging signs. He threw mostly nothing but sinkers and curveballs, and that simplified approach seemed to be way more effective. Yes, it was six scoreless innings against the worst team in the league but he just looked like a different guy out there.

His opponent will be Steven Matz, who faced the Yankees on June 9 in the first installment of the Subway Series. He gave up three earned runs on five hits in six innings in that game, but received a no-decision as the Yankees eventually won 4-to-3. Overall, he has a solid 3.38 ERA though his FIP is considerably higher at 4.82.

Gary Sánchez has swapped to be the designated hitter today. Brett Gardner sits, while Aaron Hicks heads to the leadoff spot. Brandon Drury is in at second base, and Austin Romine does the catching for Gray.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Domingo Acevedo, who was recalled from Double-A Trenton as a bullpen reinforcement, told the story of how he was given the news of his call-up. A knock on the door came from his manager and pitching coach, and his first thought was that he had done something wrong. However, once given the news, he became emotional and hugged his pitching coach. He called his mother, who also thought something was wrong. Once she was told the news, they both cried on the phone. Now, he’s in a pinstriped No. 70 jersey in the Bronx.
  • Gleyber Torres should begin his rehab assignment quite soon in Tampa. He’s supposed to re-join the team Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  • Tim Healey of Newsday reported that soon-to-be-ex-Mets closer Jeurys Familia did not have a jersey in his locker so it’s likely that he’s traded before the game ends.

Mets Lineup:

  1. Brandon Nimmo – RF
  2. Asdrúbal Cabrera – DH
  3. Wilmer Flores – 1B
  4. Michael Conforto – LF
  5. José Bautista – 3B
  6. Kevin Plawecki – C
  7. Amed Rosario – SS
  8. Matt den Dekker – CF
  9. José Reyes – 2B

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