Brandon McCarthy (4-2, 2.30 ERA) gets the job of sweep protector as he goes up against Dallas Keuchel(10-8, 3.11 ERA) in the last game against Houston. McCarthy lost his last two outings thanks to the offense, or lack thereof, which was shut out both times. The Yankees are averaging 2.9 runs per game over the last two weeks. “Whether the game means more, whether we’re chasing, whether it’s a month from now or we’re in the playoffs, it’s just trying to stay as focused as I can on the smallest things I can control,” said McCarthy.
Getting deep into games hasn’t been a problem for Keuchel. He tied for the team lead in innings pitched last year and is on his way to repeating. He comes into Thursday’s start with a career high 156 1/3 innings, having thrown four complete games. “I knew coming into the year, if I had a chance to start in Spring Training, I was going to get a pretty healthy workload,” he said. “I kind of adjusted my offseason schedule to go 200 plus innings, and I think I’m on a pretty decent pace right now. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and kind of taper off the workload in between starts, and that should help me going out there every fifth day.”
Carlos Beltran received a cortisone shot to help him deal with the soreness in his right elbow, again. “I’ve been feeling pain once in a while, but what I was feeling yesterday was very sharp,” Beltran said. “I just felt that, talking to the doctor, it probably could be that the previous cortisone are wearing out.” Joe Girardihopes to have him back Friday, but that all depends if the shots work. “He’s day to day, we’ll go through the next couple of days and see what we’ve got,” Girardi said after Wednesday’s game. “He won’t be a player for me tomorrow. I don’t expect that, but we’ll see after that.”
Notes on the game
Keuchel hasn’t won his last 3 outings.
Yanks are 5 games out of the second wild card spot.
Yesterday’s win marked the first time the Astros have won a series against the Yankees.
David Robertsonis still waiting for his 500th K. When he gets it, he’ll surpass David Coneas the fastest pitcher to reach the 500 K mark in franchise history.