Game 159: No more Tropicana Field, please

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Yesterday was a miserable game to watch. First of all, games at Tropicana Field are awful to watch. I don’t want to watch another game played there this season, though a postseason matchup is possible. Last night’s game wasn’t bad just because of aesthetics — to make matters worse, there was a parade of relievers and only three runs scored across 12 innings.

Tonight, the Yankees and Rays will (hopefully) return to some normalcy as Tampa Bay is throwing a traditional starter (Charlie Morton). Meanwhile, the Yankees are using an opener again tonight (Jonathan Loaisiga), but JA Happ will follow for the bulk innings and hopefully avoid too many pitching changes again.

Yesterday, CC Sabathia made the first relief appearance of his regular season career. It was a strong audition for a postseason spot. You have to figure that the same goes for Happ tonight, who’s a candidate to follow an opener in game 4 of the ALDS. With that, here are the lineups:

Yankees (102-55)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Brett Gardner, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, 2B
  6. Didi Gregorius, SS
  7. Luke Voit, 1B
  8. Kyle Higashioka, C
  9. Tyler Wade, LF

RHP Jonathan Loaisiga

Rays (94-64)

  1. Joey Wendle, 2B
  2. Austin Meadows, LF
  3. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  4. Ji-Man Choi, 1B
  5. Avisaíl García, RF
  6. Brandon Lowe, DH
  7. Matt Duffy, 3B
  8. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
  9. Willy Adames, SS

RHP Charlie Morton

News & Notes

First pitch at Tropicana Field is scheduled for 7:05pm and can be viewed on YES locally and ESPN nationally for those out of market. WFAN carries the radio broadcast. Enjoy the game!


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  1. CountryClub

    Whichever team ends the season with the most homers is most likely going to hold that record for a long, long time. For that reason only, I hope the yanks hold on.

    • dzb

      Agreed. It’s largely a meaningless stat, but I want my team to hold that record. Imagine where they would be if their real power threats had been 100% healthy all year (Stanton, Gary, Judge, Voit), not to mention if they had kept Encarnacion healthy for his stint! It would be no contest, but I worry that the late injuries could keep them from holding off the Twins

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