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Game #139 Preview: Cortes vs Berríos

Blue Jays (76-62) vs Yankees (78-61)

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Blue Jays wrap up their series in New York, looking for the monstrous four game sweep of the Yankees. Provided the rain holds off, the game is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

José Berríos, who has looked fantastic his last couple times out, gets the ball for the Jays. His last outing looks a bit worse, as both bequeathed runners ended up scoring on an RBI “single” that squirted through Marcus Semien, a play he should have made. But before those 2 runners scored, his previous 13.2 innings included 2 runs (1 earned - and the actual 4 and 3 is still good), over 10 hits and no walks while striking out 18. The great games, in which he took home the win in both, ran his season numbers to a 10-7 record with a 3.55 ERA.

Berríos has yet to make a start against the Yankees this year. But considering he came over from the Twins, a team with a terrible history against the Yankees, it’s not surprising to see that he has struggled in his 3 career starts against him. Now that he is free from the Twins’ curse, hopefully he can have a great start against the Yankees.

Yankees’ Starter

Left hander Néstor Cortes Jr. will get the ball for the Yankees, making his 10th start and 18th appearance overall on the season. He has been in the rotation fairly consistently since the beginning of July, and comes into play with a 2-2 record and a very good 2.57 ERA over 67.1 innings. While the ERA is still good, he has been getting touched up a bit by home runs over his last few starts. In 6 starts since the beginning of August, he has allowed 7 home runs over 34.2 innings, but that has led to just 13 earned runs against him.

Cortes hasn’t faced the Jays this yet this season, and didn’t face them at all last year either.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

With the lefty on the mound, expect to see Randal Grichuk back in CF. He also does at least have a bit of a history with Cortes, going 2-4 with a home run and 3 RBI in the most plate appearances by anyone on the Jays against Cortes.

The lefty on the mound also likely means that Jake Lamb won’t be starting at 3B, but rather we’ll probably see Kevin Smith over there.

Behind the plate, if George Springer still isn’t good to go for DH (and all signs point to no), then Alejandro Kirk will likely DH and Danny Jansen would then be behind the plate.

Yankees’ Lineup

Brett Gardner’s home run on a pitch he never should have been given last night ended the Yankees’ extra base hit drought, stretching back to a pair of Gary Sánchez’ two home runs on Sunday. Expect Gardner to be back in the lineup again today, probably leading off against the right handed Berríos.

Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres both had the day off yesterday with the right handed Manoah on the mound, but are probably going to be back in the lineup today.

Luke Voit, who has started just one game in this series, seems destined to remain on the bench.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Andrew Benintendi went 3-5, falling just a triple short of the cycle, while driving in 5 runs and earning the Monster Bat award. His output wasn’t enough though, as his Royals fell to the Orioles 9-8.

Hunter Renfroe had the big hit for the Red Sox yesterday, launching a two run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. He also ended the game with an outfield assist, although that doesn’t factor into his WPA King total of .578. But Renfroe came up huge for the Red Sox, as they beat the Rays 2-1.

Sandy Alcantara had a fantastic game yesterday, throwing 9 innings of 1 run ball to take home the Pitcher of the Day award. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 14, but left the game with a no-decision. His Marlins still won though, getting a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th for the 2-1 win over the Mets.

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Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant