After taking two out of three against the San Fransico Giants, the New York Yankees will travel to the city of brotherly love and face the 0-3 Philadelphia Phillies. The game one starter will be the Cuban born Hialeah resident Nestor Cortes, he will face off against team Mexico pitcher and former New York Met Taijuan Walker.
Looking back at the series against the Giants, the Yankees really dominated from game one until the end. The Yankees truly lived up to the Bronx Bombers’ name as they went yard seven times during the three-game set.
Aaron Judge stood out as usual as he slashed .462/.462/.923/1.385 with two home runs and four RBIs. First baseman Anthony Rizzo also had a nice start to the season slashing .375/.538/.500/1.038 with two RBIs.
With a big majority of the rotation out with injuries, the Yankees need to rely heavily on their offense for the time being, when at full strength New York’s lineup can be one of the best in baseball.
Aaron Judge career against tonight's Phillies starter Taijuan Walker:
4-11, 4 HR, 2 BB, 1.883 OPS pic.twitter.com/QhaiXOoVpe
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) April 3, 2023
The Yankees starting rotation which was supposed to be one of the team’s strengths entering the season did not look as expected to open the campaign. With Carlos Rodon, Frankie Montas, and Luis Severino all on the IL, the rotation will mainly rely on the arms of Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes.
On Monday, the Yankees enter Philadelphia to start a series that is a must-win for the Phillies, who were swept by the Texas Rangers to start the season. The expected starters for the Phillies in their three game set with the team from Gotham are Taijuan Walker, Matt Strahm and Aaron Nola. For the Yankees on the other hand, they have three of their best starters in Nestor Cortes, Domingo German and Gerrit Cole taking the mound during the series.
After a series where the Yankees really exercised the long ball, something that should continue at Citizens Bank Park, which is a hitter-friendly ballpark. With a lineup stacked with power-hitters the Yankees should be able to take advantage of the ballpark’s dimensions.
Aaron Judge at Citizens Bank Park is a career .286/.348/.571/.919 hitter with two home runs and four RBIs. But the Phils worry shouldn’t be Judge’s slash line in Philly, but his stats against the Phillies as a whole. In seven career games against the Phils, Judge has slashed .320/.370/.600/.970 with two homers and four RBIs.