We're here. We did it. We made it through the first frustrating road loss to an American League contender, complete with James Karinchak gyrations, and we're on the other side now.
Nothing left for the New York Yankees to do except try to win a baseball game.
Monday's game was the Yankees' fourth loss of the season and their third extremely grating L. Only the lone Phillies game, where the offense was completely shut down, went down normally. The bullpen melted down against the Giants, which ended with a Giancarlo Stanton double play. The bullpen melted down against the Orioles, negating a fun comeback. And, finally, the Yankees stranded runners on third with no outs in the first and eighth in a game that Domingo Germán firmly planted his stamp on (yay), allowing Guardians fans to celebrate their Nazi-quoting reliever all night and through the morning. Fun.
Time for the Bombers to regroup, and they'll have an actual, qualified, big-league pitcher on the mound Tuesday, which might help.
Yankees Lineup for Tuesday, April 11 vs Guardians
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Yankees Pitching Probables for Tuesday, April 11 vs Guardians
The Yankees will go with Gerrit Cole, who you may remember from a successful first two starts of 2023 (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 19 strikeouts in 12.1 innings), as well as a season-saving Game 4 win in Cleveland last season during the ALDS.
In a related story, Guardians fans are probably licking their lips to get another crack at Clarke Schmidt in the series finale, who they walked off in Game 3. So ... yeah, Cole probably wants to bring his best stuff Tuesday.
On the mound for Cleveland will be Hunter Gaddis, a 25-year-old bearded right-hander who looks like someone tried to draw the "Literal Opposite of the Yankees" for a picture encyclopedia. He enters this game with an 0.93 WHIP and 3.72 ERA in 9.2 innings so far this season.