Game 160: The Start of the Final Weekend

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Well, after a long and extremely fun 2019 regular season, the end is here. It’s been a very rewarding season for me personally, too, with the launch of Views and all. Randy articulated that feeling quite well earlier today. Check that out if you missed it, as it’s something that each and every one of us here feel. Here’s to many more seasons of coverage here at VF314, and to 14 more wins here in 2019.

Anyway, the Yankees will almost assuredly not be securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs, as this week’s sweep in Tampa all but sealed that deal. That’s A-Ok with me, though it’d have been nice. Give me these Yankees anywhere and I feel confident. It’s almost playoff time. I’m ready. Aren’t you?

Anyway, three more games to go. Here are the lineups.

Texas Rangers (76-83)
1. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Willie Calhoun, LF
4. Danny Santana, 1B
5. Nick Solak, 3B
6. Roughned Odor, 2B
7. Scott Heineman, RF
8. Delino DeShields Jr., CF
9. Jose Trevino, C
LHP Joe Palumbo

New York Yankees (102-57)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton, LF
3. Gleyber Torres, SS
4. Luke Voit, 1B
5. Gary Sánchez, C
6. Brett Gardner, CF
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Cameron Maybin, RF
9. Mike Ford, DH
LHP James Paxton

News & Notes

  • Yes, that’s Gary Sánchez (groin) back behind the dish tonight. Great news. He’ll be catching for about 5 innings today, which is good. He wants to get a full 9 in before October, and my guess is that happens on Sunday. Either way, great to see the Kraken back in action. The Yankees are better with him. It’s time to get healthy. The playoffs are calling.
  • Speaking of getting healthy, Edwin Encarnación (oblique) is listed as a bench option today. He was supposed to play all weekend, but Boone said he’s not quite over the oblique. They expect him to play this weekend, but if not, he’ll get simulated ABs. Ugh. Either way, sounds like he’ll be ready for October. I hope so.
  • Gio Urshela, slumping though he may be, is back at third, which is also great news after his injury scare earlier in the week. We are inching closer to the healthiest the team has been all season. Please, please, I beg you, nobody get hurt. Please.
  • This isn’t exactly Yankees news, but it feels worth noting: the Red Sox want to cut significant salary to drop under the $208 million luxury tax threshold for next season. I think that’s disgusting, and it sucks even for us as Yankee fans. Last October it felt like we were on the cusp of revitalizing the rivalry back to where it was in its early/mid-2000s heyday, and now it seems like that’s less likely. Once again, baseball shoots itself in the foot. How gross.

The game will begin at 8:05 pm, as it’s in Texas. You can catch it on YES as usual or listen to Ma and Pa Yankee on WFAN. It’s almost playoff time. Just nobody get hurt.


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James Paxton Exits Game After First Inning

1 Comment

  1. PaulP

    Game is on PIX tonight (channel 11 in NY/NJ)

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