The New York Yankees need a pitcher for Tuesday's game, Mr. Boone. As Cosmo Kramer once said, you've selected ... Agent Zero?
After hammering Taijuan Walker and winning the fourth game of the season 8-1 on the strength of Gleyber Torres' 100th career home run and Franchy Cordero's hard-struck double, the Yankees will get back after it against the Phillies on Tuesday night at the stadium.
When MLB scheduled Pittsburgh and Washington for Boston and Tampa, while feeding the Yankees to the defending NL champions, this probably isn't what they've had in mind.
The Yanks also have an impressive streak to maintain; their eight runs allowed through four team games is their lowest total since 1989.
Yankees Lineup for Tuesday, April 4 vs Phillies
While the Phils actually outhit the Yankees on Monday 11 to 9, they had just one run to show for it. Here's how the Yankees will line up to follow up that impressive effort.
The verdict? Ehhhh... two straight games with Hicksy, two straight games without Oswaldo Cabrera ... doesn't exactly engender confidence.
Yankees Pitching Probables for Tuesday, April 4 vs Phillies
The Phillies will send their fifth starter Matt Strahm to the mound in their latest attempt to get off the schneid. You may be asking yourself, "Didn't Strahm pitch in relief already this season?" Correct! He threw a 16-pitch shutout inning in Philadelphia's Opening Day loss. And now he's back.
Strahm has long been a breakout candidate, and left Boston this offseason in large part because of his desire to start. Now, he gets his wish with a National League frontrunner.
On the Yankees' side, Domingo Germán makes his first start of 2023, rounding out the Yankees' rotation. When the calvary comes back in the form of Luis Severino and Carlos Rodón, two of Germán, Clarke Schmidt and Jhony Brito will likely lose their gigs. Tuesday's tilt is Germán's first chance to prove he belongs here rather than a swingman role.