The Yankees will be playing a day-night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of the rain that postponed the game last night.
Hiroki Kuroda will be pitching the first game against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu is a rookie who is in contention for the National League Rookie of the Year. He only has a 2.85 ERA in 85 innings pitched. The Yankees have lost the last five games that Kuroda has pitched, but in Kuroda’s last start he had everything working for him since he only allowed two runs in eight innings.
In his 12 day starts for the Yankees during his two seasons with the team, Kuroda is 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA. In four seasons pitching for the Dodgers before coming to the Yankees as a free agent, Kuroda had 41 wins, never allowed more than 49 walks in a season and his worst ERA was 3.76 and best was 3.07. Surprisingly, in the offensively superior AL East, Kuroda (38) has only gotten better. This should be an exciting match-up between a young pitcher coming into his own and a successful established pitcher finishing out his career.
In the second game, Phil Hughes will pitch for the Yankees and the veteran Chris Capuano is expected to pitch for the Dodgers during the night game. Hughes (4.89 ERA) has had some solid starts this season but has mostly been unreliable, but hopefully Hughes will be able to bounce back from his last start by continuing to dominate National League opponents.
Brett Gardner (.294), Vernon Wells (.301), and Ichiro Suzuki (.358) are all hitting well against lef-handed pitchers this season so hopefully that will help them have success against Ryu.