Michael Pineda (2-2, 1.82 ERA) makes his second start since coming off the DL against Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.45 ERA) and the Stros. Pineda was dominant in his return to the rotation retiring the first 12 Oriole batters he faced, but seemed to tire out by the fifth inning. Girardi took him out after 67 pitches.
After dropping the first game of the series, New York slipped to 8 1/2 games behind the Orioles in the division and four games behind the Mariners and Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.”You have to win series, you have to win games, and it gets to a point where there’s not a ton of room for error,” said Joe captain obvious Girardi. “These are very important games.”
Feldman had five earned runs in his previous three starts before Boston rocked him for seven runs and nine hits on Thursday. The Astros are 8-14 in his 22 starts this season, 13 of them quality outings. He was the first pitcher the Yankees saw in 2014 when he held them to 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Opening Day. His last chance to face Derek Jeter on Wednesday will be a memorable moment for Feldman. “The significance, I guess, is a good memory for me and something I can always tell my kids about someday,” he said. “I got a lot of pretty special memories playing baseball, but facing him Opening Day was something I’ll always remember. As a player, he’s probably one of the guys who was my favorite player now that I’ve been playing a little while.”