The New York Yankees (49-41) host the Chicago Cubs (41-47) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday with the three-game Interleague series even at 1-1. The Yankees evened up the series 1-1 after winning 6-3 on Saturday.
Gerrit Cole went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, to get the win, and Michael King pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his sixth save.
Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 3 with two home runs, three runs, and three RBIs in the win. Josh Donaldson added a solo home run. Miles Mastrobuoni was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for the Cubs.
ON THE MOUND
Kyle Hendricks (3-3, 2.64 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Chicago. The right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings in his last start, a 7-6 home win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
He scattered four hits while striking out five and walking one in the no-decision. For New York, RHP Domingo German (5-5, 4.52 ERA) gets the ball.
It’s his first appearance of the season against the Cubs. In his last start on Monday, German took a no-decision at home against the Orioles. He threw 4.1 innings and gave up three runs (2 ER) on nine hits, striking out five, in the 6-3 win.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Chicago has averaged 4.4 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 4.6. Against right-handed pitchers like German this season, the Cubs have a .711 OPS.
Ian Happ is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .817 OPS in 225 at-bats. New York is averaging only 3.6 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.4 for the season.
The Yanks have a .695 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .737 OPS over 264 at-bats, Gleyber Torres has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is 20-25 in road games in 2023, scoring 4.5 runs per game while allowing 4.3 runs. New York has gone 28-22 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 4.0. New York is 6-1 in seven games at Yankee Stadium between the teams with an average scoreline of 5.6-1.6.
The Cubs are third in the NL Central, seven games behind the division-leading Reds. The Yankees are fourth in the AL East, eight games behind the Rays.
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