That first attempt against the Yankees didn't work out so well, did it.
Let's try this again, shall we?
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Russell SS, Contreras C, Almora CF, Baez 2B, Anderson P, Jay LF
Kyle Schwarber gets the night off against a lefthander. (Personally, I think I'd put Jon Jay in right field and Ben Zobrist in left.)
Gardner LF, Hicks CF, Castro 2B, Judge RF, Sanchez C, Gregorius SS, Headley 3B, Carter 1B, Montgomery P
Brett Anderson vs. Jordan Montgomery
Brett Anderson didn't make it out of the second inning in his last start. This can largely be forgiven because he was pitching in a downpour in the first inning and his breaking pitches weren't moving the way he needs them to in order to succeed and the Phillies pounded him.
Hopefully, this one will be different. Anderson faced the Yankees five times when he was with the A's, but not since 2011, so those are largely irrelevant. Current Yankees are a small-sample-size 2-for-28 against him, and he's had success vs. Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-14).
Jordan Montgomery (no relation to the Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery) was the Yankees' fourth-round pick in 2014 and he will be making his fifth major-league start tonight. He's had some decent success in his first four outings (23 strikeouts in 21⅔ innings), but also has walked 10 batters in those innings. He seems an ordinary fastball-changeup-curveball type pitcher without great velocity. Hopefully the Cubs, who he has never faced, can take advantage of that.
Today's game is on Fox-TV. As far as I know this is a full national broadcast with no blackouts. Check your OTA/cable/satellite listings for the channel in your area.
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