Game 16: A different look

Teams often try new things after extended losing streaks. The Yankees are currently up to five consecutive losses, and as a result, there’s a different lineup look for this evening’s game against Atlanta. And no, I’m not talking about Mike Ford’s mustache.

via Ford’s Instagram.

All kidding aside, Ford is part of this afternoon’s revamped lineup for the start of a quick two game set against the Braves. Ford replaced Jay Bruce (40 wRC+) on the roster, who retired after Sunday’s loss. Also joining Ford in the lineup: Brett Gardner (108 wRC+) and Mike Tauchman (-25 wRC+ in 8 plate appearances). They’re playing in place of Aaron Hicks (40 wRC+) and Clint Frazier (40 wRC+).

Additionally, starting Ford means DJ LeMahieu returns to his natural position of second base. It also relegates Rougned Odor (27 wRC+) to the bench.

Personally, I’m a proponent of letting more talented players figure things out (i.e. Frazier and Hicks). Gardner has been respectable, but is he really going to jump start this offense? And Tauchman? Forget it.

Anyway, the Yankees are up against old friend Charlie Morton. And by old friend, I mean Yankee killer. The Yankees can’t escape him that easily, huh? Here are the lineups behind Morton and New York’s starter, Jameson Taillon:

Atlanta Braves (7-9)

  1. Ehire Adrianza, RF
  2. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  3. Marcell Ozuna, LF
  4. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  5. Ozzie Albies, 2B
  6. Pablo Sandoval, DH
  7. Dansby Swanson, SS
  8. Austin Riley, 3B
  9. Guillermo Heredia, CF

RHP Charlie Morton

New York Yankees (5-10)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Brett Gardner, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Mike Ford, 1B
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Mike Tauchman, LF

RHP Jameson Taillon

News & Notes:

  • Brian Cashman spoke to the media yesterday. The GM isn’t going to make any major overhauls after just fifteen games. He’s disappointed in the performance thus far, but is still confident: “That’s the message to our players: ‘We do believe in you. We know what you’re capable of. This is a bad stretch, and we’re going to get through this together.’” (Bryan Hoch)
  • Hicks might sit tomorrow as well while he works on making some mechanical adjustments. (Hoch)
  • No Ronald Acuña Jr. in this one. He’s dealing with a mild abdominal strain and is day-to-day. Would have been fun to watch him, as Jaime noted earlier, but it does make the pitching staff’s lives a little easier.

Tonight’s game starts at 6:35pm eastern. It can be seen on YES and heard on WFAN. Enjoy the game.


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  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    Boone’s got all those rested arms in the pen and he’s riding Lucas Luetge. I think he’s trying to lose so he gets fired. Taiilon was good but if the starter gives up even one run the game is over. I’m so glad we started Gardy and Tauchman today to jump start the lineup.

  2. Brian M

    I think Hicks’ playing time shouldn’t be guaranteed. He hasn’t done a lot in his career, and now his arm and fielding ability also appear to be slipping. Let him compete for his playing time against Gardner/Tauchman and if he can’t beat out those two, well then he shouldn’t be starting.

  3. Wire Fan

    As required by Yankees analytic law, the lefties are spaced out equally in the 3,6,9 spots. With absolutely ZERO regard for the quality of the hitters. What matters most is handedness, even if it means better hitters get fewer ABs.

    Apparently if the Braves bring in a lefty later in the game the Yankees are not allowed to use pinch hitters?

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