It is a very hot Saturday here in New York and it is every bit as hot in the nation’s capital, where the Yankees will look to keep up the momentum from Thursday’s rain-shortened Opening Day victory over the Nationals. Every game is important now – even with the new expanded playoffs – so it’ll be important for the Yanks to rack up as many wins as possible as soon as possible.
In AL East news today, the Red Sox lost to the Orioles 7-2 (lol), which makes both of those squads 1-1 on the year. The Rays took a 4-1 lead against the Blue Jays in the bottom of the 8th just now, so barring a meltdown from their formidable pen, they’ll all be knotted up at 1-1, too. It would nice for the Yankees to jump out to 2-0 and start creating space between themselves and the competition.
Here are the lineups as the Yanks look to take first place:
New York Yankees (1-0)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Gleyber Torres, SS
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Aaron Hicks, CF
6. Luke Voit, 1B
7. Gary Sánchez, C
8. Gio Urshela, 3B
9. Brett Gardner, LF
James Paxton, LHP
Washington Nationals (0-1)
1. Trea Turner, SS
2. Adam Eaton, RF
3. Starlin Castro, 2B
4. Howie Kendrick, 1B
5. Asdrúbal Cabrera, 3B
6. Kurt Suzuki, C
7. Carter Kieboom, DH
8. Victor Robles, CF
9. Michael A. Taylor, LF
Erick Fedde, RHP
That is a pretty damn formidable lineup right there now that LeMahieu is back in his rightful place. It’s as good as it gets in baseball and only the Dodgers are even in the conversation. Let’s hope we see it many times over this year, even if there are day-to-day variations. (Remember, the Yanks used 155 lineups in 162 games last year, though much of that was injury related.) I’m also very curious to see how Paxton does tonight. As Derek noted yesterday, it’ll be worth watching how Big Maple’s velocity is after his early-season injury. I’m not worried about his velocity at all honestly, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
On the Nationals side, Stephen Strasburg was a late scratch due to a nerve injury. That’s why we’re seeing Erick Fedde take the hill for the Nats this evening.
- Gerrit Cole and Brett Gardner jointly hosted a socially-distanced team dinner where the Yanks ate and watched baseball. Sounds like my kinda night. (Bryan Hoch)
- The Yankees are using an opener tomorrow, but we don’t know yet if that’ll be Chad Green. I assume it will be, but I guess we’ll see how tonight goes first. (Bryan Hoch)
- Masahiro Tanaka continues to work out – he will throw in a simulated game tomorrow – in advance of a potential July 31 return against Boston. Here is some video of him in satellite camp:
- Jordan Montgomery, who didn’t make the Opening Day roster, will be recalled and make his first start on Wednesday. (Lindsey Adler) Normally, being sent down requires a 10-day period before being called back up, but since Monty didn’t make the roster, that doesn’t apply to this case.
- Aroldis Chapman, to date the only Yankee still battling COVID-19, is still away from camp. There are no updates yet. (Lindsey Adler)
- Speaking of Chapman, today is the four-year anniversary of the trade that brought Gleyber Torres to the Bronx. Gleyber said on Twitter that it was “one of the best things to happen to him” and, honestly, same.
- Across the diamond, there is no update on Juan Soto yet. On the other hand, every National tested on Thursday tested negative for the virus. Everyone can exhale now. We’re probably still not out of the woods, but that’s legitimately good news. (Jesse Dougherty)
First pitch will take place tonight at 7:15 pm EDT. The game is being broadcast nationally on FOX, with Ma and Pa Pinstripe on the call for WFAN (via the Bronx, of course). We’ll be back after the game with our takeaways and analysis. Enjoy the game, everyone.