While the Yankees are trying to upgrade their lineup, the Rangers have already upgraded their rotation.
Yesterday’s trade for Matt Garza has jostled the Texas rotation slightly. Alexi Ogando is still scheduled to come off the disabled list to start tonight’s game in Arlington, but Garza will slide into the rotation for Wednesday’s game. Derek Holland will slide back a day to start Thursday’s series finale. The Rangers’ Thursday starter had been TBA.
In theory, the Yankees should be perfectly familiar with Garza, who spent three seasons with the Rays and has a career 4.48 ERA in 12 games against the Yankees. But this isn’t exactly the Yankees roster he’s used to facing.
Seven current Yankees who have fewer than seven career at-bats against him, and another — Brett Gardner — has just 14 at-bats against him. The only current Yankees with at least 20 at-bats of experience against Garza are Robinson Cano (career .345/.387/.655 hitter against him), Lyle Overbay (.256/.289/.326), Ichiro Suzuki (.286/.286/.476) and Vernon Wells (.276/.300/.310).