New York Yankees: Houston Astros series preview, A team the Yankees hate comes to the Stadium

William Parlee
New York Yankees, Domingo German
iJul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (65) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Today the New York Yankees meet up with the Houston Astros for a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. This is the first time the two teams that don’t like each other since it was revealed that the Houston Astros cheated the Yankees and others. But it’s more real for the New York Yankees than the other teams because the Houston Astros may have prevented the Yankees from going for a win in the World Series in 2017.

Unlike Poxatony Phil, the groundhog, whether the sun shines today or not it will make no difference in how the Houston Astros are greeted at the Stadium today. This will be the first time the two teams have seen each other since Major League baseball proved that the  Astros did steal signs illegally during the 2017 season, and maybe beyond. And particularly in the post-season that may have caused the New York Yankees to go to a World Series and win their first postseason since 2009. That cheating wasn’t the end of it; It may have cost Aaron Judge from the Rookie of the year award that was won by a hair by the Astro’s Jose Altuve.

The New York Yankees lost the East to the Boston Red Sox in 2018, but again in 2019 they lost the ALCS to the Astros, many industry officials and fans believe they cheated again in 2019 although it was not proven by MLB. Whatever the case it will not be a happy time for the Texas team tonight at the Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Considering the harsh treatment that may occur, it would not be a surprise if the umpires issued a warning to both teams, even before the start of today’s game.

Today, May 4th 7:05 pm:

Today, the New York Yankees meet the Houston Astros in game one of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees’ Domingo German will start for the Yankees and he will face the Astros’ Zack Greinke who is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.44. German is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.05. Greinke is coming off one of his worst starts of the year where he gave up four runs in four innings of work against the Seattle Mariners. German is coming off his best start of the season, going seven scoreless innings against the Orioles. The game today will be televised nationally in ESPN, ATT Sportsnet SW, and on the YES Network.

Wednesday, May 5th 7:05 pm:

This is not going to be a great weather week for baseball in the Northeast, but if any day is impacted by inclement weather it will be on Wednesday. Jordan Montgomery 1-1 4.39 is scheduled to take the mound for the Yankees. On the mound for the Astros will be Luis Garcia 0-3 ERA 2.70. He has been a good pitching, bad luck pitcher this season. Jordan Montgomery is coming off a no-decision outing giving up two runs over 5 innings of work, a game the Yankees eventually lost to the Orioles. The game will be televised on the YES Network and ATT Sportsnet SW.

Thursday, May 6th 1:05 pm:

Thursday’s game is a matinee and will be started for the New York Yankees by ace Gerrit Cole. Cole has been totally dominant this season so far. He had 62 strikeouts in April for second on the all-time strikeout list for the month of April, only behind Ron Guidry’s 64. In his last start, he struck out 12 over six innings of scoreless ball against the Tigers. The Astros will have Lance McCullers Jr. on the mound, he is coming off his best start of the season, holding the Tampa Bay Rays scoreless over seven innings of work. The game will be televised on the YES Network, ATT Sportsnet SW, and on MLBN out of market only.