The left-hander has a chance to deliver in a big spot Friday night when the Yankees continue their high-profile series against the Houston Astros in this clash of division leaders. Sanchez ranks second in the American League with 21 long balls, trailing only teammate Edwin Encarnacion in that regard.
Following their 32-10 stretch from April 16-June 1, the Yankees lost eight of their next 11 games. "I'm excited to face those guys again after getting swept by them in Houston earlier in the year".
Maybin entered Thursday with a.307 average, a career-best.383 on-base percentage, and having hit four home runs in his previous five games.
They're one of the hottest teams in baseball too. Cameron Maybin also drove in two runs with a 2-RBI double. After that series, they'll host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series to close out the homestand. "I'm in the major leagues, I've got to go at 100 percent". They're also a ideal 6-0 in his last six home games and are getting key pieces back to their loaded lineup. "Today's game was very winnable".
In 27 games since the lower-back problem vanished and allowed him to be activated on May 15, Hicks had 101 at-bats which is often a benchmark for players at the start of the season.
The Astros are on their longest losing streak since dropping five straight from August 9-14, 2018.
Following the Yankees' 10-6 win over the Astros on Thursday, left-handed reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding roster move to clear space for Judge. Home runs have been a bit of an issue, as he has given up six on the year, including one in three straight games.
Green is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA in five career appearances against the Astros, all in relief. Paxton has only pitched 55 innings so far this season but has 71 strikeouts. The Yankees (-1.5, +148) are just not worth the risk, as Valdez has been a solid performer who isn't allowing much as a starter.