Game 15: King of the hill

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One down, one more to go. The Yankees took the first game of today’s doubleheader in Tampa Bay, 8-4, and now go for the sweep. We didn’t know the starting pitchers until just a few moments ago, though a bullpen game was anticipated. The Rays are going with Ryan Thompson and will bullpen this one entirely. Meanwhile, the Yankees hand the ball to Michael King for his first big league start. King last pitched on August 2nd and threw 60 pitches, so he should be able to give some length. Here’s the lineup behind him and the lineup he’ll face.

New York Yankees (10-4)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Luke Voit, 1B
  7. Gio Urshela, 3B
  8. Mike Tauchman, LF
  9. Erik Kratz, C

RHP Michael King

Tampa Bay Rays (6-8)

  1. Austin Meadows, RF
  2. Brandon Lowe, LF
  3. José Martínez, DH
  4. Ji-Man Choi, 1B
  5. Joey Wendle, 3B
  6. Yoshi Tsutsugo, LF
  7. Willy Adames, 3B
  8. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
  9. Michael Perez, C

RHP Ryan Thompson

Mike Ford, Brett Gardner, and Gary Sánchez have this one off. That means it’s the return of the Kratzen, who’s filling in for the injured Kyle Higashioka. The 40 year-old Kratz is the Yankees’ all-time leader in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, minimum two plate appearances (1.000/1.000/1.500). Can he maintain this pace?

This one gets underway any minute and can be seen on YES or heard on WFAN and WADO. Enjoy the game!

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1 Comment

  1. DanGer

    Still outta power since Tuesday. These threads & recaps are a lifesaver. What a freakin year…
    At least Judge is on a 92 homer pace 🤷🏽‍♂️

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