Marlins at Yankees
Derek Jeter won't be around, but there will still be plenty of familiarity when the New York Yankees welcome the Miami Marlins on Monday for the opener of a two-game interleague series. Jeter, the former Yankees great now running baseball operations for the Marlins, will travel with the team but is not expected to attend either game.
"I went to a spring training game when we played New York, but it would be an awkward situation for me to actually go to Yankee Stadium," Jeter, who spent 20 years as the Yankees shortstop and is a likely future Hall of Famer, told reporters. The Marlins have enough to worry about without concerning themselves over the presence of their CEO and roll into the Bronx in last place in the National League East and last in the majors in team slugging percentage at .309. Miami had a much better team slugging percentage last season with Giancarlo Stanton and his 59 home runs, but he is having some trouble finding that power stroke in his first season with New York after being traded away by Jeter and company over the winter. New York was washed out Saturday and Sunday in Detroit and will send well-rested ace Luis Severino to the mound on Monday against left-hander Caleb Smith.
TV: 6:35 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Miami), YES (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins LH Caleb Smith (0-1, 4.73 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Luis Severino (2-1, 3.50)
Smith surrendered three or fewer earned runs in each of his first three starts but has yet to complete six innings. The 26-year-old Texan walked six in three innings at Philadelphia on April 5 but cut that number down to one while striking out seven in five frames against the New York Mets on Tuesday. Smith was drafted in the 14th round by the Yankees in 2013 and pitched in nine games - two starts - for New York last season, posting a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA.
Severino was not at his best at Boston on Tuesday, when he was knocked around for five runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings as New York went on to lose 14-1. The Dominican Republic native was much better in his first two outings, holding the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays to a combined two runs and six hits in 13 innings. Severino has never faced the Marlins but is 4-0 with a 0.91 ERA in interleague play.
1. Stanton is batting .220 with three home runs and 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
2. Marlins 2B Starlin Castro, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Stanton deal, is leading the team with a .295 batting average.
3. New York RF Aaron Judge hit safely in the last 11 games.