The New York Yankees open up the second half of the 2019 season on a 10 game homestand against three different teams. All three teams are in different directions. One is well under .500, one is at about .500, and one is well over .500.
The team starts off by taking on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays for three games. The Blue Jays are at 34-57. We honestly don’t know who will start the games for either team. Because of the all-star break, teams can alter their rotation as needed.
It probably wouldn’t be Masahiro Tanaka on Friday since he pitched in the all-star game. We likely wouldn’t see him until the weekend.
Afterwards, the Tampa Bay Rays return to town for yet another series. They sit at 52-39 and 6.5 games back from the Yankees for first. The Yankees will see Yonny Chirinos and Blake Snell in two of the games, and probably a bullpen game in the third.
To finish the 10 game homestand, Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies come to town for some interleague action. Colorado sits at 44-45, but is still well in the postseason picture. This will be the first time DJ LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino face their old team. No starting pitchers have been listed yet.
It’s crucial that the Yankees get off to a hot start in the second half to pull away in the AL East.