Game 117: The Final 45 or so

As you may have guessed from the title, the Yankees have reached the final 50 45 games of the season. Not 50. We’re in the end game now.

Through 116 games, they’ve won 76 games and are tied for the best record in baseball with the Astros. For a team haunted by injuries all year, that is remarkable and worth repeating over and over again. No team should be able to win as many games as the Yankees have with their injured list.

Reinforcements are coming though; Gary Sanchez is back in the lineup and is today’s cleanup hitter. He’ll catch an opener game with Chad Green at the helm. With the pitching staff under siege at times, the opener/bullpen games going off without a hitch has contributed to the Yankees’ record as much as almost anything.

Here are today’s lineups

Yankees (76-40)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Didi Gregorius, SS
  4. Gary Sanchez, C
  5. Gio Urshela, 3B
  6. Brett Gardner, CF
  7. Cameron Maybin, DH
  8. Mike Ford, 1B
  9. Mike Tauchman, LF

RHP Chad Green

Blue Jays (48-71)

  1. Bo Bichette, DH
  2. Cavan Biggio, 2B
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
  4. Randal Grichuk, RF
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Freddy Galvis, SS
  7. Derek Fisher, LF
  8. Teoscar Hernandez, CF
  9. Danny Jansen, C

RHP Wilmer Font

News & Notes

  • To make room for Sanchez, the Yankees optioned Kyle Higashioka. Additionally, Jonathan Holder was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation and Stephen Tarpley is taking his place. I guess one player can’t come back from the IL without one going on this year.
  • This game was originally Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jacob Waguespack. Instead, each team is going with an opener game. Baseball in 2019!
  • Gleyber Torres took BP and fielded grounders before today’s game.
  • After he tossed three scoreless innings in yesterday’s game, Jonathan Loaisiga could finally return from the 60-day IL next week. Monday or Tuesday around the doubleheader with Baltimore would make plenty of sense.
  • Finally, yesterday’s home plate ump Chris Segal will be at third base today after yesterday’s debacle with Brett Gardner.

It’ll be a 3:07 p.m. first pitch in The Six. Catch the game on YES or WFAN.


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1 Comment

  1. CountryClub

    Why the hell is the hottest hitter on the team batting 9th?

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