Our man is back in action.

Happy Sunday. It’s another scorcher in D.C. as the Yanks and Nats prepare to finish off their 3-game opening series. 13 of the 15 AL teams are, like the Yankees, 1-1. (The only exceptions are the 2-0 Astros and 0-2 Mariners.) Let’s hope the Yanks straighten up yesterday’s debacle and win the series before heading back north to Philadelphia after the game to take on the Phillies tomorrow.

It’s only fitting that my first takeaways come with Loaisiga’s first 2020 appearance. Let’s hope he makes me proud. Maybe Gerrit Cole will relieve him and use the game as his bullpen after a rain-shortened game on Thursday. I kid, I kid…but that sure would be awesome. Anyway, here are today’s lineups:

New York Yankees (1-1)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Gleyber Torres, SS
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Luke Voit, 1B
6. Gio Urshela, 3B
7. Miguel Andújar, LF
8. Kyle Higashioka, C
9. Mike Tauchman, CF
RHP Jonathan Loaisiga

Washington Nationals (1-1)
1. Trea Turner, SS
2. Adam Eaton, RF
3. Starlin Castro, 2B
4. Howie Kendrick, DH
5. Eric Thames, 1B
6. Asdrúbal Cabrera, 3B
7. Victor Robles, CF
8. Yan Gomes, C
9. Michael A. Taylor, LF
RHP Patrick Corbin

It’s official, folks: baseball is back. The Yankees have used three different lineups in their first three games. The three biggest changes from last night to tonight make sense, obviously. You rest Gary for the day game after a night game & the Yanks will also want to give Hicks some spells too as he recovers from injury. Standard operating procedure.

More importantly, though, this is a great place to get Andújar back in the lineup. Gardner, great as he was in 2019, fared much better against righties (.892 OPS) than lefties (.654 OPS). That tracks with his career, during which he’s posted a .682 career OPS against LHP, 16% worse than his overall career line. Resting Gardy against a dominant LHP like Patrick Corbin is a good way to get Miggy’s dangerous bat in the lineup. I expect it to continue all year.

Leftovers

  • DJ LeMahieu was removed from last night’s game after the 6th inning, but don’t get used to that. The Machine, who had an RBI single in last night’s season debut, expects to play 9 innings in every game moving forward. I assume that includes today. (Bryan Hoch)
  • The Yanks expect starter Jonathan Loaisiga to throw about 50 pitches today. That’s all good for me. Let it fly, my man. (Pete Caldera) He also noted the first time through the order splits that make me believe Loaisiga is suited for the pen. (Max Goodman)
  • Speaking of that, the Yankees bullpen is basically fully rested even after last night’s debacle. We still haven’t seen Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, or Zack Britton in 2020. I’m not worried about the Yanks finding innings today.
  • The Yanks optioned Clint Frazier and Ben Heller to the alternative camp in Pennsylvania after last night’s game. Brooks Kriske and Nick Nelson, two righty relievers, will be in the capital today. Makes sense, given Paxton’s extremely short outing and today’s bullpen game. (Aaron Boone said Frazier is ready to make an “impact” at the MLB level, but the team is crowded. Good problem for us to have.)

First pitch is at 1:05. It will be broadcast on TBS nationally and YES locally, with WFAN on the radio call, as usual. Enjoy the game, everyone.