The Atlanta Braves carry a nine-game win streak into play against the New York Yankees tonight, with Huascar Ynoa tasked with shutting down the lethal New York attack. Since returning some vital members of their lineup the Yankees have seen a significant uptick in offensive output, while Ynoa settled back into form nicely against the Marlins in his last start. Two red-hot teams will meet tonight, which should be an excellent preview of how Atlanta matches up with the elite teams around the league.
As noted above, Huascar Ynoa was outstanding in his return from the injured list. The right-hander appeared to have recaptured the command that saw him dominate to begin the season. Prior to squaring up with a Milwaukee bench, which left him with a broken pitching hand, Ynoa had been arguably the best pitcher on the Atlanta staff. His fastball-slider combo was electric, and generated the type of swing-and-miss stuff that excited scouts during his time in the minors. The underlying statistics have been somewhat concerning for Ynoa, despite his success, but he certainly passes the eye test and will need to do so once again as he battles the Yankees.
The Braves offense will be tasked with facing left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who aptly fits the age-old “crafty lefty” mold. Montgomery relies heavily on a sinker-curve-changeup combo that keeps hitters off-balance, and pairs those offerings with a four-seam and cutter as well. His usage off all five pitches gives hitters a lot to account for in the box, and while he sits in the low-90’s with his fastball, the mixture can be tough. He owns a 4-5 record with a 3.77 ERA (3.54 FIP) on the season.
Fortunately for Atlanta, they have been lethal against left-handed starters of late. They have won ten straight starts and 20 of 26 against left-handed pitchers. They will also faced a left-handed starter tomorrow as Andrew Heaney takes the ball for New York, which bodes well for a tough series against a very talented opponent.
The Braves own a five-game lead in the division and are the hottest team in baseball. The knock against their recent success has been strength of opponent, but beating the Yankees would certainly quiet those rumblings.
Game Date/Time: Monday, August 23, 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park (Marietta, GA)
TV: Bally Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network