Yankees vs. Diamondbacks preview: Pinstripe momentum from Houston to be tested against 2023 World Series finalists

Yankees pitcher Luis Gil is seen in action against the Mets on March 22, 2024.

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Following a sensational start in Houston, the New York Yankees carry their momentum into a compelling series against the 2023 World Series finalists, the Arizona Diamondbacks. With both teams navigating through early-season injuries, this matchup offers an early test of depth and resilience.

Injuries in Both Camps

Injuries have already begun to play a significant role this season, with both teams feeling the impact:

  • Diamondbacks: Key players such as Eduardo Rodriguez and Randal Grichuk find themselves on the IL, posing challenges to the team’s depth early in the season.
  • Yankees: With significant pieces like Anthony Volpe (day-to-day) and DJ LeMahieu sidelined, the Yankees’ lineup depth and pitching staff face early adversity, highlighted by the absence of ace Gerrit Cole.

These injuries set the stage for both teams to lean on their depth and for new heroes to emerge.

Yankees vs. Diamondbacks game 1 on April 1, 2024

Luis Gil takes the mound for the Yankees against Ryne Nelson of the Diamondbacks at 9:40 PM ET. Gil’s performance will be pivotal as the Yankees aim to maintain their perfect record.

Yankees vs. Diamondbacks game 2 on April 2, 2024

Nestor Cortes, after making his first Opening Day start, faces Zac Gallen in a battle of pitchers looking to set the tone for their teams at 9:40 PM ET.

Yankees vs. Diamondbacks game 3 on April 3, 2024

Carlos Rodon will be up against Merrill Kelly at 3:40 PM ET, as both teams close out the series with their sights set on securing a series win.

All matches in the Yankees vs. Diamondbacks series will be streamed live on YES Network.

Yankees opening weekend recap

The Yankees showcased a rejuvenated offense against the Astros, with Juan Soto leading the charge. Despite Aaron Judge’s struggles, the team managed to produce significantly, hinting at a potentially powerful offense that could carry them throughout the season. Their pitching staff, even without Gerrit Cole, has exceeded expectations, setting a high bar for the series against the Diamondbacks.

(AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox)

Diamondbacks opening weekend recap

The Diamondbacks demonstrated their offensive prowess against the Rockies, with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. standing out. Their ability to combine power with strategic base running and contact hitting suggests they remain a formidable lineup. However, the pitching staff’s inconsistency, particularly in the bullpen, could be an area the Yankees exploit.


The Yankees’ early success, especially in pitching and late offensive comebacks, contrasts with the Diamondbacks’ offensive explosion against the Rockies.

Given the injuries and early performances, this series is poised to be a closely contested battle. The Yankees, riding high from their sweep in Houston, have the momentum, but the Diamondbacks’ offensive might and home advantage pose a significant challenge. This series could hinge on which team can best exploit the other’s early vulnerabilities, particularly in the context of the injured players’ absences.

The Diamondbacks’ resilience and strategic depth, demonstrated in their unexpected run to the World Series last year, should not be underestimated. However, if the Yankees can maintain their pitching excellence and if their offense continues to find ways to produce, they have a strong chance of continuing their winning ways. I’d definitely pick the Yanks! What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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