The Yankees took the opening game of their series against the reigning World Champions at the Stadium Monday night, posting six runs in an offensive outpouring that has been void through the first month of the season. They’ll hope the addition of Chapman will solidify what is being considered the most feared bullpen in the Majors, which also features the likes of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, as they continue their climb out of the basement of the A.L. East.
As if the awakening of the Yankee bats and the Royals in town weren’t a perfect recipe for fans to head out to the Stadium this week, savings will also be on tap;Yankees tickets on the primary market start from just $5 for the remaining three games in the series.
Masahiro Tanaka will get the nod on Tuesday night against the Royals’ Kris Medlen. Tanaka comes off a notable outing against the Orioles last week, receiving a no-decision after tossing eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. Medlen has struggled for the Royals and enters Tuesday’s game with a 1-3 record and 6.85 ERA on the season.
Wednesday night will feature a pitching matchup between Michael Pineda and Yordano Ventura. The mid-week game will be slightly more expensive to attend, with outfield bleacher tickets priced from $17. Pineda has posted similar numbers to that of the Royals’ Medlen, owning a 1-3 record and 5.73 ERA through six starts this season. Ventura has faced his own difficulties on the mound and looks to improve on a 2-2 record and 4.65 ERA.
The final game of the four-game series pens Nathan Eovaldi against Ian Kennedy on Thursday. All guests will receive a Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Commemorative Bookmark upon entering the Stadium. The series’ closing game also boasts a $17 get-in price in the outfield bleachers, with upper deck seating starting from $22 on Ticketmaster. Eovaldi brings a 2-2 record and 4.78 ERA to the mound and will match up against a surging Kennedy, who has been one bright spot in the Royals’ otherwise lackadaisical start. He stands at 4-2 and owns a 2.13 ERA through his first six starts.
Should the Yankees take the series from the Royals this week, there is reason to believe that their early-season miscues are in the rearview. They’ll have to continue showing their worth through the weekend, however, as they set to host the red-hot Chicago White Sox in a three-game series in the Bronx. With Chris Sale and Jose Quintana combining for a 12-1 record through the first month of the season, the Yankees will need to play their best ball against the White Sox, which has yet to be seen over the first 20 games.