Game 31: Here’s to a Better Second Half

The Yankees won yesterday! Imagine that. They won a baseball game. In doing so, they avoided an 8-game losing streak – something they haven’t done in 25 years, which is nuts – and brought their record to 17-13 in the first half of the season. That’s “significant” because it is exactly the same record they had through 30 games in 2019.

They sit 4 games out of first place, which sucks, but are comfortably in a playoff position due to the “temporary” expanded playoffs. This could be a lot worse, in other words.

Anyway, here’s to a better second half. That starts by turning yesterday’s win into a winning streak. Here are the lineups as the Yankees look to make that happen:

New York Mets (15-17)
1. Brandon Nimmo, CF
2. Michael Conforto, RF
3. J.D. Davis, 3B
4. Dominic Smith, LF
5. Robinson Canó, DH
6. Pete Alonso, 1B
7. Jeff McNeil, 2B
8. Wilson Ramos, C
9. Andrés Giménez, SS
Rick Porcello, RHP

New York Yankees (17-13)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
2. Luke Voit, DH
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Mike Tauchman, RF
5. Gary Sánchez, C
6. Mike Ford, 1B
7. Brett Gardner, LF
8. Jordy Mercer, SS
9. Tyler Wade, 2B
Michael King, RHP

That’s right, Mike King gets the start in the first game. Deivi Garcia’s much-anticipated MLB debut won’t come until later in the afternoon. We’ll live.

News & Notes

  • Michael King got the nod instead of Deivi Garcia because Deivi got in late last night and the Yankees wanted to give him enough time to get settled in, which makes sense. (Max Goodman)
  • The Yankees will use Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery against the Rays this week. J.A. Happ will start again against the Mets on Thursday after that one wraps up. (Brendan Kuty)
  • Deivi Garcia is today’s 29th man, by the way. That means the Yankees have to send him back to the Alternate Site after the game. If you do the math, though, he can return in the same capacity for Friday’s doubleheader against Baltimore after normal rest. (James Smyth)
  • Gio Urshela will start the second game of the doubleheader today. That is good news and hopefully means that he’s actually healthy. (James Wagner) He was out getting in some early BP with Gary Sánchez, as well:
  • Kyle Higashioka and Zack Britton are also expected to return this week, both likely against the Rays at some point. (James Wagner) Here is some video of Britton testing out the hamstring:
  • Among a few other moves, the Mets put Dellin Betances on the IL today with “lat tightness.” Hope he’s okay. Love Dellin. (Anthony DiComo)
  • Finally, today’s Astros-A’s game is cancelled after a member of the A’s organization tested positive for COVID. This keeps happening, and it’s not great. (Robert Murray)

First pitch of this one is at 1:05 pm EDT. The game will be broadcast on TBS nationally and YES locally, with WFAN/WADO on the radio call, as usual. It will also be on SNY, if you want every option. Enjoy the game, everyone.

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1 Comment

  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    3 passed balls and no hits for Gary. When Higgy returns it ain’t Kratz that should go.

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