Game 21: Win the Series

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The Red Sox have allowed 8+ runs in 6 consecutive games, which is pretty wild. Two of those have come at the hands of the Yankees. They are truly awful and you should feel good about the Yankees’ chances tonight…except for the fact that their great equalizer is on the hill in J.A. Happ. Let’s hope that the third time is the charm for the lefty, right?

Anyway, here are the lineups as the Yanks look to with their 9th straight against Boston and keep the good (on-field) vibes rolling:

Boston Red Sox (6-15)
1. Kevin Pillar, CF
2. Rafael Devers, 3B
3. J.D. Martinez, RF
4. Xander Boegarts, SS
5. Christian Vázquez, DH
6. Alex Verdugo, LF
7. Michael Chavis, 1B
8. Kevin Plawecki, C
9. Jonathan Araúz, 2B
Chris Mazza, RHP

New York Yankees (14-6)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Gio Urshela, 3B
3. Mike Tauchman, RF
4. Gleyber Torres, SS
5. Mike Ford, 1B
6. Gary Sánchez, C
7. Brett Gardner, LF
8. Clint Frazier, DH
9. Tyler Wade, 2B
J.A. Happ, LHP

Well, would you look at that: the Yankees finally achieved their dream lineup of alternating righty and lefty bats. All it took was losing three MVP candidates in one (1) week.

News & Notes

  • Aaron Judge, who went on the IL on Friday, claims he is 100% healthy and begged to stay off the IL. He should resume baseball activity tomorrow. (Lindsey Adler)
  • In fact, Judge says he feels like he could play in tonight’s game, which is good news even if I think Judge would say that no matter what. (Lindsey Adler)
  • Speaking of tomorrow, Aroldis Chapman is expected to rejoin the team then. (Bryan Hoch) I’d expect the Yanks to send either David Hale, Ben Heller, or Mike King to the Alternative Site.
  • DJ LeMahieu is seeking a second opinion for his injury, which is standard practice. What that really means is he’s having a specialist take a look at his imaging results, but the Yankees are so far “encouraged.” (Bryan Hoch)

First pitch is at 7:08 pm in the Bronx, weather permitting. It looks like we should be able to get the game in, though. The game is on ESPN for some reason, with WFAN/WADO on the radio broadcast. Enjoy the game, everyone.

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2 Comments

  1. UnnamedSource

    With regard to making room on the active roster for Chapman, you suggest that Brooks Kriske might be sent to the Alternate Site. Are you sure that didn’t already happen on August 4, 2020? The transactions page at http://www.yankees.com indicates that Kriske was optioned to the Alternate Site on such date. Also, the active roster at http://www.yankees.com has not included Kriske since August 4, 2020. No sources report that Kriske was recalled since August 4, 2020, and Kriske has not appeared in a major league game since August 3, 2020. Personally, I wonder if Mike King, who is on the active roster, might be a possibility to be optioned to make room for Chapman?

    • Bobby

      No, you’re right. I said Kriske but didn’t mean him (I meant King.) Dumb mistake, fixed.

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