Freddy Garcia takes the mound for the Yankees tonight to try for the first winning streak of the year. In his 17.0 innings this spring, the righty held opponents to a 3.71 ERA, but was also able to keep opponents to a low .212 batting average. Garcia’s career numbers at Camden Yards include 46.1 innings and a 2.33 ERA. Against the lineup tonight, the 35 year old has largely been successful, though Markakis has a .385/.471/.615 line (5 for 13 with 3 walks) and Mark Reynolds has a .333/.385/1.000 line (4 for 12 with 1 walk and 2 homeruns).
Pitching for the Orioles will be rookie Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. In the NPB, Chen posted a 36-30 record and a 2.69 ERA with a fastball that sit low 90′s, a mid 80′s slider, and your typical repertoire of breaking pitches out of Japan. He was about as successful as Garcia this spring, going 20.0 innings with a 3.60 ERA. His major league debut against the Yankees should be a very difficult one, you can’t find an offense that hits left handers better. Of course, there is always the nagging narrative that will emerge if Chen does pitch well, the Yankees can’t hit rookie pitchers. (It’s bogus so don’t let me see those comments!) Here is the lineup each team will roll out.
|Derek Jeter SS||Endy Chavez LF|
|Nick Swisher RF||J.J. Hardy SS|
|Robinson Cano 2B||Nick Markakis RF|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||Adam Jones CF|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||Matt Wieters C|
|Curtis Granderson CF||Nick Johnson (!!) DH|
|Andruw Jones DH||Mark Reynolds 3B|
|Russell Martin C||Chris Davis 1B|
|Brett Gardner LF||Robert Andino 2B|
The game starts at 7:05 pm EST on YES. GO YANKEES!
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