After picking up an exciting victory in extra innings, the Braves will look to continue what currently has the makings of being a very solid road trip for the team as attempt to take a series in Yankee Stadium.
The Braves got another gift of six innings from Anibal Sanchez last night but at the same time, the expectations should be higher for Sean Newcomb as he takes the mound tonight. Although Newcomb had a bit of a bump int he road in his last outing against the Reds, this season has been much more of a smooth drive than one riddled with potholes.
While Newcomb has very, very little experience against the current Yankees roster (to the tune of six plate appearances), what we do have is data and it may actually play to Newcomb’s strengths. If we learned anything just from last night, it’s that fly balls are extremely dangerous in this ballpark, especially ones that float out to right field. Fortunately, Newcomb has done a solid job so far this season of keeping his batted balls out of the air, to the tune of a 34.3 percent fly ball rate.
That actually lines up a little bit with the Yankees currently sporting a fly ball rate of 38.1 percent so if this works out like we all hope it will, maybe we’ll see the Bronx Bombers get grounded if Newcomb is really and truly on his game tonight. That would be ideal.
On the other side of things, the Braves will be getting their very first look at Domingo German. The one thing I can tell you just from watching a couple of his starts while just randomly catching a Yankees game every now and then is that you should not let his ERA (5.32) and FIP (4.17) fool you. The rookie has plenty of talent and if you look at his Deserved Run Average, it’s actually at 3.01 which is nothing to sniff at. While he’s had games where he’s gotten tagged for multiple runs, you can ask Seattle and Cleveland what is possible when this guy puts it all together.
Still, it’ll be imperative for the Braves to score on German before this gets into the bullpens. While the Braves were eventually the team who broke through thanks to Ronald Acuña Jr. stepping up in the limelight, it was clear from last night’s game that the Braves bullpen was living a bit of a charmed life while the Yankees bullpen spent the better part of their stint not having too much of an issue. Getting early runs and riding that to late success is probably going to be the key to picking up what would be a huge series victory for the Braves.
We’ve already seen one incredibly entertaining game between these two teams and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see another one happen tonight. Hopefully the result is the same as well.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, July 3, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network