David Phelps (2-4, 4.32 ERA) goes for the sweep against Drew Hutchison (5-4, 3.62 ERA) and the Blue Jays. Phelps is coming off what he said was his best start in the Majors, holding the A’s to two hits, three walks and 4 Ks in 6 2/3 innings getting a 7-0 victory. Phelps had lost his previous four outings. “Just trying to be consistent on mechanics and all my pitches is the biggest thing for me,” Phelps said.
Hutchison has had a strong June. He had only one bad outing in which he didn’t make it to the fourth inning. Despite the bad outing, his ERA for the month is still 2.65. His most recent start was seven scoreless innings against the Orioles on Friday. He is 0-1 against the Yankees this season after taking a 6-4 loss on April 6th.
Adam Warren‘s name continues to come up as a candidate to join the starting rotation, now that Shawn Kelley is back from the DL. He is 1-3 with a 2.08 ERA, with 39 strikeouts in 39 innings as the long reliever this year. Joe Girardi estimated Warren could give the Yankees 45-50 pitches at max, however Warren would not necessarily need to be sent down to the Minors in order to raise his pitch count. “You do it slow, almost like building up in Spring Training,” Girardi said.
Notes on the game
Yankees are 5-1 so far this year against the Jays.
Hutchison is 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA on the road this season.