The Yankees are back home for a 10-game homestand beginning with the Miami Marlins on Monday night where Giancarlo Stanton will face his former team for the first time.
- Miami Marlins (4-11)
- New York Yankees (7-7)
- Interleague, 6:35 p.m. ET, YES Network
- Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
The Yankees are back in the Bronx after a road trip that only lasted a measly four games due to some really bad weather taking place in Detroit, causing two games to get rained out.
However, to begin their 10-game homestand in New York, the Marlins and Yankees will both be seeing some familiar faces on the field against one another. Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith had a cup of coffee in New York last season and well, we all know Giancarlo Stanton spent his fair share of time in Miami.
Also, you can’t forget about Starlin Castro who spent two seasons in New York before being dealt to Miami in the offseason as a part of the Stanton deal.
Taking the mound for the Yankees will be right-hander Luis Severino, who will be looking to improve on his previous start where he got shook around at Fenway Park.
On Tuesday against the Red Sox, Severino surrendered five runs on eight hits against the division rivals in a game that the Yankees would eventually lose by a score of 14-1. Going up against a much weaker Miami lineup, the right-hander will look to bounce back.
Opposing Severino for Miami will be left-hander Caleb Smith, who was previously on the Yankees in 2017 where he was 0-1 in nine games with a 7.71 ERA.
In his previous start against the Mets, Smith went five innings while surrendering three runs on five hits and striking out seven. We will see if the left-hander can build on that coming to his old stomping grounds.
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Player To Watch
Monday night’s player to watch has to be Giancarlo Stanton, not only for going up against his former team for the first time but also because he has been making some solid improvements at the plate as of late.
In his last four games, Stanton is batting .353 with two extra-base hits and only five strikeouts, the same number of K’s he recorded in just one game in his last appearance in the Bronx.
Expect Stanton to want to show-off in front of his old club and show them that he is still capable of doing super-human things.