The Yankees split yesterday’s doubleheader but trail the Rays in the series 2-1. They haven’t lost a series yet in 2020 and I don’t want that to change today, so they should win today’s game and leave the Trop with a split. That sounds good, right?

While it’s been a frustrating series (for us and the Yankees themselves) so far, I’d take a split. The season is 25% over and the Yankees would leave Tampa with the Rays under .500 and 4 games out of first. That’s about a good a scenario as you could have imagined a few weeks ago. It’s important to keep that perspective.

New York Yankees (10-5)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Luke Voit, 1B
5. Gleyber Torres, SS
6. Mike Ford, DH
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8.Gary Sánchez, C
9. Brett Gardner, LF
James Paxton, LHP

Tampa Bay Rays (7-8)
1. Yandy Diaz, 3B
2. Austin Meadows, LF
3. Jose Martinez, DH
4. Hunter Renfroe, RF
5. Mike Brosseau, 1B
6. Brandon Lowe, 2B
7. Manuel Margot, CF
8. Willy Adames, SS
9. Mike Zunino, C
Charlie Morton, RHP

The above lineup will probably be the Yankees “standard” one now that Giancarlo Stanton is out. Mike Ford continues to mash the ball so I figure the Yankees will continue to give him chances. That plus he keeps hitting in the middle of the order, so. Today’s big story, though, is obviously James Paxton. It’s time for him to turn it around.

News & Notes

  • The Yankees placed Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-Day IL with a “left hamstring strain” and recalled Thairo Estrada. Many fans probably wanted Clint, but he wasn’t traveling with the team. Estrada was. (Yankees PR)
  • Stanton hasn’t had his MRI yet but the Yankees expect it to keep him sidelined for at least a week. He’ll get the procedure tomorrow in New York. (Lindsey Adler)
  • The Yanks will “get creative” with the DH spot now that Stanton is sidelined. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Aroldis Chapman will face live hitters soon in Scranton. Aaron Boone says that might be as soon as Tuesday. I hope so. The Yankees need his arm back. (Lindsey Adler) Here is a bullpen he threw, courtesy of his Instagram:

First pitch takes place at 1:10 pm EDT in the Trop. YES has the TV broadcast with WFAN and WADO carrying the radio broadcast, as usual. Enjoy the game and take solace in the fact that the Yanks don’t go back to the Trop until 2021, potential playoff series aside.