The Mexican pitcher who challenges the Yankees and the Cuban Néstor Cortés

In the summer of 2018, in news that went almost unnoticed due to the little immediate impact of the decisionLos Angeles Anaheim unveiled the acquisition in a trade with the Houston Astros for prospect lefty of Mexican origin Patrick Sandoval.

During that season in the minor leagues, the Mission Viejo, California native posted a winning mark of 9-1 with a 2.56 ERA.

As rarely happens within the big league industry, Sandoval achieved an express promotion within the Californian organization as if his process had been placed in a microwave oven until his debut on August 5, 2019. That night, the Mexican entered the second inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds due to the lack of control of starter Taylor Cole. Sandoval pitched five innings and managed to cool Cincinnati’s bats by limiting them to three hits, two earned runs with eight strikeouts.

Although it was not the dream debut where he rescued the victory of his team, Sandoval made a presentation at the Big Show, in which more than one fan learned his name, not because he was a flamethrowerbut because of the detailed way he worked from the mound, resembling old school pitchers.

With two seasons and 149 days of service in MLBSandoval entered the current schedule with a much greater reputation than he had when he dropped the last out for the Angels in 2022. Sandoval was part of the historic Mexican National Team that conquered third place in the past World Baseball Classic.

sharing clubhouse In the major league day-to-day with Benjamín Gil, Sandoval earned the confidence of the national pilot.

The Mexican in the 2022 campaign achieved an ERA of .291 in 27 games as a starter for the Angels. He threw a complete game with no runs andl August 19 against the Detroit Tigers. He only allowed four hits and struck out nine.

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Patrick, a former high school football player who rose to prominence as a wide receiver and kicker at Mission Viejo High School, is off to an encouraging start this year with the Los Angeles Angels posting a 1.23 ERA in three win-win starts.

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This Thursday, the Mexican national team will face the New York Yankees in the last match of the series they hold in the Bronx, the only regular season this year. The Californian left-hander will hold a pitching duel with Cuban Néstor Cortés, one of the most charismatic pitchers today.

Due to the short time he has been in the Major Leagues so far, Patrick Sandoval doesn’t have much experience against the Bombers.

On August 31, 2022, he was measured in Los Angeles against the New Yorkers and He scored the victory in a seven-inning effort in which he was barely punished with three hits, two runs and distributed seven chocolates. It is so far the only presentation against the ninth most popular team in baseball.

The Angels took Game 1 with a 5-2 win that included a two-run home run by two-way Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.

What about Nestor Cortes?

The Cuban Yankees pitcher will seek his third win of the year in his fourth outing. He has a 2.50 ERA in 17 1/3 innings.

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