Yankees Probable Pitchers & Starting Lineup vs. Blue Jays, April 23
By Jerry Trotta
The New York Yankees picked up a much-needed win Saturday despite (another) sluggish showing from the offense. Luckily, Gerrit Cole kept the Blue Jays' lineup in check and Ron Marinaccio danced out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning to keep Cole's shutout in tact.
Anthony Volpe did his best to play hero with a go-ahead two-run blast in the eighth inning, but Danny Jansen got Toronto back even with a two-run homer of his own off Wandy Peralta in the top of the ninth.
The Yanks didn't let this one go to extras, however, as pinch-hitter DJ LeMahieu delivered a walk-off bases loaded single. Aaron Boone's side has now won five of seven and they'll look to take the series from their AL East rivals Sunday afternoon at the Stadium.
New York hasn't lost a series yet this season, so that's on the line in this one. Let's get into the lineup and pitching probables.
Yankees Starting Lineup vs. Blue Jays, April 23
Yankees Pitching Probables for Sunday, April 23 vs Blue Jays
The Yankees will hand the ball to Clarke Schmidt, who's endured a less-than-stellar start to the season. That would be sugarcoating things, actually, as Schmidt has lasted just 14.1 innings in four starts to go with 14 earned runs. His 8.79 ERA is close to the worst in baseball and the advanced stats are just as alarming. Injuries have kept Schmidt in the rotation, but you have to wonder if he'll get the boot with another underwhelming start Sunday.
The Blue Jays will counter with Kevin Gausman, who had been excellent before his last start against the Astros. The 2021 All-Star was tagged for seven first inning runs in a 9-2 loss. Incredibly, his ERA jumped to just 3.65 as he allowed just three runs over his first three starts of the campaign. It'll be interesting to see how Gausman bounces back from arguably the worst start of his professional career.