The Yankees, who own the best winning percentage in baseball, begin a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, who have the best winning percentage in the National League, on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Though the Yankees are in a tie for first place with the Red Sox atop the AL East, they have played four fewer games than Boston and have a winning percentage .008 points higher. ... New York's plus-111 run differential ranks third in baseball to the Red Sox (plus-119) and Houston Astros (plus-170). ... The Yankees own the No. 2 ERA among all baseball teams, while Atlanta's ranks 10th in the majors.
|Ender Inciarte, CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Ozzie Albies, 2B||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Nick Markakis, DH||Giancarlo Stanton, DH|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Ronald Acuna Jr., LF||Miguel Andujar, 3B|
|Charlie Culberson, RF||Greg Bird, 1B|
|Johan Carmago, 3B||Kyle Higashioka, C|
|Dansby Swanson, SS||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93 ERA), who struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies last Monday. ... Loaisiga, whom the Yankees promoted from Double-A Trenton once they placed Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list, has struck out 18 batters and issued eight walks in 14 MLB innings. With Trenton and High-A Tampa this year, he recorded 58 strikeouts and four walks in 45 innings.
Who is starting for the Braves?
RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68 ERA), who has lost back-to-back starts after starting the season 3-0. ... Sanchez, 34, had a 1.93 ERA over his first seven games (six starts) this season, but is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in his last two outings. ... In six career starts against the Yankees, Sanchez is 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA. He allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings when he last faced the Yankees on Aug. 1, 2017, as a member of the Detroit Tigers.