Yankees Probable Pitchers & Starting Lineup vs. Twins, April 26
By Adam Weinrib
Man, the last time the New York Yankees lost consecutive games to the Minnesota Twins?! Considering they didn't lose a season series between 2001 and yesterday, it must've been forev--oop, nope. It was less than two weeks ago, when a Clay Holmes bullpen implosion led to the Yanks dropping the first two games of a four-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Who came to the rescue then? Right-hander Domingo Germán, whose hands weren't exactly clean, but were still more than capable of spinning a gem against an incensed Rocco Baldelli.
One Gerrit Cole statement start later, and the Yankees had split, restoring the natural order of the universe ... until now.
The lineup is dead. The pitching's been better. And after Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jhony Brito put up two starts of varying quality (good-ish, pretty not good), only to see the offense lay nine innings of eggs on the other side, it's up to Germán to avoid a sweep. The Yankees: Not clicking.
Yankees Lineup for Wednesday, April 26 vs Twins
The lineup...is weird!
Yankees Pitching Probables for Wednesday, April 26 vs Twins
Germán will make his fifth start of the season on Wednesday, and so four, so good. He's struck out 25 men in 20 innings with a 1.05 WHIP. His 4.50 ERA has been dragged down by a late-start collapse against the Blue Jays in his last outing, as well as a poor debut against Philadelphia. That said ... he's kind of a 4.50 ERA guy. That's what he is, and what you can expect.
Considering the 2023 Yankees have been all gas, no breaks for a while, it should be no surprise they've drawn Kenta Maeda, coming off an injury scare, in the finale, instead of some fill-in or ill-prepared rando. Maeda (0-3, 4.15) will mix and match. Hopefully, the Yankees' undermanned crew can keep up.