New York Yankees: Cleveland Indians series preview

William Parlee
New York Yankees, Domingo German
Apr 28, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

After splitting a two-game series with the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees travel today to Cleveland to open a four-game series with the Indians. Last night the Indians game was postponed because of four inches of snow on the field. Hopefully, that will be cleared up by tonight, but it will remain cold and windy.

The Yankees have quite a history with the Indians; the two teams have been mostly competitive over the years. Last season the Yankees swept the Indians in the Wild Card round. One huge difference in the teams is the Cleveland holds the record of going the longest without a World Series win; they last won in 1948. Tonight they will meet up for the first game of a four-game set for the first time in two seasons.  The Indians play at the beautiful Progressive Field that was opened in 1991.

Thursday, April 22nd.

In the first game of the series, the Indians will see the return to the rotation of Domingo German, who had been sent down to Scranton after two sub-par performances. In his last game, he gave up four runs in four innings to the Tampa Bay Rays on April 10. The Yankees are hoping he will return to his previous form when he went 18-4 in 2019. After not pitching a year, he was lights out in spring training this year.

The New York Yankees will face the Indian’s Aaron Civale, who has pitched masterfully this season, going 3-0 with an ERA of 2.18. For the Yankees to win this one, German will have to keep the Indians down, and the Yankee hitters will have to get after Civale early in the game. The game will be at 6:10 pm and will be televised on the YES Network.

Friday, April 23rd:

Friday’s game will feature two equally matched pitchers. Jordan Montgomery will face the Indian’s, Logan Allen. Both are lefties, and both have ERA’s in the mid 4s. It will be important for the Yankees to get to Allen early as he has been shaky in the early innings of both of his starts. The game will be at 7:10 pm broadcast on the YES Network.

Saturday, April 24th:

Saturday’s evening game will have quite a pitching matchup between two of the best pitchers in baseball. The New York Yankees will send ace Gerrit Cole to the mound to face the Indian’s ace, Shane Bieber. Cole is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.82 with 39 strikeouts. Bieber is also 2-1 but with an ERA of 2.45 but has an amazing 48 strikeouts; that’s 12 per game. The Yankee hitters better be on their toes for this one. The game will be at 6:10 pm.

Sunday, April 25th:

The Sunday matinee will feature a yet-to-be-announced Yankee starter, but it most likely will be Jameson Taillon facing Triston McKenzie, who is 0-0 with an ERA of 3.55 in three games. The Indians have lost all three of his starts. The Sunday game will be at 1:10 pm, and like all the other games will be telecast on the YES Network.