Game 157: The Last Home Game of the (Regular) Season

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It is yet another Luis Severino Day! I personally love Luis Severino Louis Cefarino Day. I bet you do, too. We covered his season debut pretty extensively here. I wrote about some trends to watch as he pitches, as applicable today as it was on Tuesday; Derek covered his impressive start in our takeaways; and, the next morning, I had a few thoughts. Each of these Severino starts–including his next one, which will be either Saturday or Sunday–will be extremely important and exciting to watch. I can’t wait.

The Astros lost yesterday, for what it’s worth. They’re now 101-54, ever-so-slightly ahead of our Yanks for home field. If that’s your thing, the Yankees will need to make up two games to overtake them. There aren’t many games left to do it, but that’s the situation.

Here are today’s lineups:

Toronto Blue Jays (63-92)
1. Billy McKinney, RF
2. Cavan Biggio, 2B
3. Randal Grichuk, CF
4. Justin Smoak, DH
5. Reese McGuire, C
6. Rowdy Tellez, 1B
7. Richard Ureña, SS
8. Brandon Drury, 3B
9. Derek Fisher, LF

RHP Wilmer Font (4-4, 4.1o ERA)

New York Yankees (101-55)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, DH
3. Giancarlo Stanton, LF
4. Luke Voit, 1B
5. Brett Gardner, CF
6. Gio Urshela, 3B
7. Cameron Maybin, RF
8. Austin Romine, C
9. Tyler Wade, SS

RHP Luis Severino (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

News & Notes

  • Edwin Encarnación may return as soon as Wednesday, though the weekend Rangers series is more likely, per Bryan Hoch. All we know now is that he will not be available on Tuesday. No surprises there.
  • Jordan Montgomery is “healthy and available” but there are “no set plans” for his usage throughout the year, again per Hoch. Boone says that they have “other guys” they want to see before the postseason. Makes sense to me, since Jordan is a non-factor come October.
  • Aaron Hicks is throwing at 90 feet but don’t expect to see him ready at any point for the remainder of this season, again thanks to Hoch. The good news is that they’re “encouraged” that Hicks won’t need surgery. If true, he should be back and ready to go for Spring Training.

First pitch is at 1:05 pm, but don’t forget: the Yankees will be honoring CC Sabathia before the game. That means the gates are opening early. If you’re going, please give CC a rowdy standing ovation for all of us at VF314. He deserves it. Here’s some more info from the team itself:

You can catch the game on YES or listen to Ma and Pa Yankee on WFAN, as usual.


One More Appreciation of CC Sabathia


Game 157: Luis Severino is Brilliant as Yankees Dismiss Jays 8-3


  1. CountryClub

    That worked out well. 5 innings / 80 pitches. Should go 90+ in his final game. Good stuff.

    • Bobby

      It’s remarkable, really. I can’t even imagine a better first two starts for him.

  2. CountryClub

    Yanks really need Urshela, Voit and/or Didi to break out of their funk. Running out of games for that to happen.

  3. I really like the way Sevy is throwing the ball today-once again, free and easy heat, both secondary pitches are better than in his first start.

  4. CountryClub

    Things could change. But, Boone said yesterday that he expects Paxton to pitch Saturday and Tanaka on Sunday. That means Sevy will most likely pitch Friday. Of course, that assumes they’re going to give him another start (they better).

    • Bobby

      Oh, thanks. I actually didn’t see that, whoops. I guess Friday makes sense too–it will be important to see how Sevy responds to four days of rest, too. I’m sure he’ll start again. The real question is if he goes Game 2 or 3 of the ALDS. Guess that depends on how he looks today and the next time, right? (Right now, my money is on Game 2, but I’m eternally the optimist.)

      • CountryClub

        Yeah, if he looks good again today, I would think game 2.

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