Ford Stock – Yankees, Astros lineups Wednesday: Gary Sanchez, Mike Ford in; Clint Frazier benched (5/5/21)
XRPAX7MBJFTVI2BNK3MV63Y34″>The Yankees are finally hot, so why mess with what’s working, right?
Manager Aaron Boone remains committed to starting Gary Sanchez as a frequently-used No. 2 catcher, so Kyle Higashioka will be resting on Wednesday night when the Yankees take a season-high four-game winning instead into the the middle game of their series with the Houston Astros.
First pitch at Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised by YES.
This will be the third start in eight games for Sanchez since Boone announced that Higashioka will be playing more.
KOVTJQ67NB43HTIH7WMJ3XM4E”>The Yankees are 9-2 this season when Higashioka starts compared to 6-10 when Sanchez is in the lineup. Yankees pitchers have a 1.78 ERA throwing to Higashioka and a 3.92 ERA with Sanchez catching. Also, Higashioka’s hitting and fielding stats are better.
The pitching matchup is Jordan Montgomery (1-11, 4.39) for the Yankees and Luis Garcia (0-3, 2.70) for the Astros.
Besides Sanchez starting, the Yankees’ lineup also includes Mike Ford at first base and Brett Gardner in left field. Slumping left fielder Clint Frazier is sitting.
Here is the Yankees’ lineup:
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
3. Aaron Judge, RF
(BA)HISO5NFN5GUN6Y2ZCBJFT4″>4. Gio Urshela, 3B
PGOUZ5ZWJX6NH4″>5. Gleyber Torres, SS
(BA)RJCQHYDQGUUI”>6. Mike Ford, 1B
7. Aaron Hicks, CF
8. Gary Sanchez, C
(KNDI)DOKB6CIONQRDHQ”>9. Brett Gardner, LF
GSAY”>Jordan Montgomery, LHP
PG7GU5DOTCIKU5HC5VIFEE”>Here is the Astros’ lineup:
2. Michael Brantley, LF
3. Alex Bregman, 3B
4. Yordan Alvarez, DH
5. Carlos Correa, SS
6. Yuli Gurriel 1B
7. Aledmys Diaz, RF
8. Myles Straw, CF
9. Jason Castro, C
Luis Garcia, RHP
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