Game 161: Please, I Am Begging You, No More Injury Scares

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Last night’s Yankee win was a scary one. They slugged their way to victory but scared the living hell out of every Yankee fan by removing James Paxton from the game after just 1 inning of work. It was precautionary, and they were right to do it. Is it too much to ask, though, for there to be a single Yankee game in 2019 without a major injury scare? It sure feels like it sometimes. Let’s just hope tonight is nice and easy and free of any terrifying moments. Sound good? Good.

Also, just as a programming note–this being a Saturday night and the penultimate game of the year and all–our takeaways/recap of this one will get up either late tonight or very early tomorrow morning. Sorry about that, folks. Life gets in the way, but we’ll have a reaction up before you even know it. Thanks for understanding.

Anyway, here are the lineups:

New York Yankees (103-57)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Brett Gardner, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, LF
5. Luke Voit, DH
6. Didi Gregorius, SS
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Austin Romine, C
9. Mike Ford, 1B
RHP Luis Severino

Texas Rangers (76-84)
1. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Willie Calhoun, LF
4. Danny Santana, CF
5. Rougned Odor, 2B
6. Scott Heineman, RF
7. Ronald Guzmán, 1B
8. Jose Trevino, C
9. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B
RHP Luke Farrell

News & Notes

  • Giancarlo Stanton made a tweak to his swing, presumably after the Tampa series. He told NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty last night that he watched some video and “shortened up [his] swing” a bit since he didn’t like what he saw. Of course, he went 3-3 with a massive home run and 2 walks last night, so the early returns are promising.
  • James Paxton underwent an MRI this afternoon, predictably, and he was diagnosed with “nerve irritation” in his left glute, per the team. I am not going to pretend to know if that’s good or bad, but the team says he’ll make his next start (which will almost certainly be Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday) without any issues. Boone says he’s fine. Exhale.
  • CC Sabathia will not pitch out of the bullpen again during the regular season, per Erik Boland. That’s not because he’s hurt, per se, though he’s always hurt, it’s because they want him rested and ready to go for the ALDS. Fine with me.
  • The Yankees have not yet made up their mind about whether or not they’ll carry 12 or 13 pitchers for the ALDS, per Boland. My money is on 12, with Tyler Wade as a defensive supersub and pinch running option.
  • Mike Ford is viewed as a potential option for the ALDS roster, per Brendan Kuty. That’s what Aaron Boone said, anyway, though I’ll need to see it to believe it, Voit’s struggles or not.
  • The Yankees will likely use an opener tomorrow in front of Masahiro Tanaka, who will have an abbreviated appearance, per Meredith Marakovits. Again, fine with me. Keep everyone healthy, please. Who knows what that means for October. Probably nothing.
  • James Wagner of the New York Times had a really interesting piece on the efficacy of the Yankees’ defense in 2019. It’s a good case study in why defensive metrics are so unreliable, frankly, and it explores a bit why the Yankees’ shifts have gotten worse–and why the team’s analytical department is frustrated by it.
  • Marly Rivera of ESPN did a deep dive into life in the Yankee bullpen. It’s definitely worth the read. Check it out here.

This game, the penultimate game of both the regular season and for The Ballpark at Arlington (I’m not correcting that), will begin at 8:05 pm EST. You can catch it on YES or listen to Ma and Pa Yankee on WFAN, as usual. Remember, we’ll get our takeaways up for this one a bit later than usual today, but we’ll post them before you know it.

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2 Comments

  1. dzb

    Anyone here? Is that Buck Showalter doing the game? I cannot find confirmation anywhere, but it sounds like him

  2. CountryClub

    My guess is that Ford is an Encarnación replacement, not Voit. If E can’t go, Ford makes it.

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