Here are some pregame notes from the Yankees:
GOT YOUR NUMBER: OF Giancarlo Stanton is a career.409/.480/1.000 (9-for-22) hitter with 1 double, 4HR and 3BB vs. Jacob deGrom, the most HR deGrom has allowed to any batter in his career…is tied for Stanton’s most HR off any pitcher.
Has 21HR in 52G at Citi Field, most by any visiting player…his.613 SLG is highest at the ballpark among all players (min. 100AB)…has 4HR in his last 5G at Citi Field (since 5/6/17) and 9HR over his last 15G (since 4/11/16).
His solo HR on Wed. at Toronto had a 119.3 mph exit velocity, the hardest hit homer in the Majors this season.
Yankees pitchers shut out Toronto in 13 innings on Wednesday, marking only the second time in the last 42 seasons (since 1977) they recorded a shutout in a game that lasted at least 13 innings (also 15 shutout innings on 8/7/09 vs. Boston).
Junior Guerra (R), 38 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Guerra isn’t as good as his 2.89 ERA and 1.16 HIP suggest, but his skills portend a better-than-average pitcher who should be able to get it done versus the Cardinals, a below-average offense versus righties with an above-average strikeout clip in that arrangement.
The antics will be part of an upcoming show on a date to be determined. Later, Colbert was set to sing the national anthem, earnestly not comedically he said.
The past few games have been anything but amusing for the Mets as they have lost six games in a row. Meanwhile, their crosstown rival Yankees have won seven out of their last eight and sit at 40-18 and within a half game of the Boston Red Sox on top of the American League East.
Tonight’s matchup features the Mets’ best pitcher Jacob deGrom facing the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka. Saturday will see Steven Matz face Domingo German. and Sunday night’s game will now feature Seth Lugo going for the Mets in place of Noah Syndergaard. The Yankees will throw their ace Luis Severino in the 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Jason Kipnis (L), 14 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers (RHP Mike Fiers): Yonder Alonso, Lonnie Chisenhall and, recently, Tyler Naquin are the usual suspects when the Indians are highlighted. They’re all in play, but this time, Kipnis gets the spotlight as his bat appears to be coming out of hibernation with hits in four straight, including two homers.