Game 44: Fill the Voit

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UPDATE, 6:22 p.m. EDT: Tonight’s game has been postponed. Doubleheader tomorrow starting at 4:05 p.m. EDT. Have a good night, everyone.

Are you tired of hearing “what if I told you X would happen in Y back in January this year?” It’s getting old, I know. But pandemic or not, the Orioles and Yankees facing off while neck-and-neck for a Wild Card spot in September was unfathomable back then. It’s our reality now, though. This is a big game and a big series.

The Yanks will start this series without its best hitter, though. Luke Voit is out of the lineup, but don’t worry, it’s just a day off. As Aaron Boone mentioned a few weeks ago, the slugging first baseman has been dealing with “foot stuff”.

Yeah, he could use the day. It would be nice if it wasn’t in a pivotal game, but the Yankees have nothing but pivotal games remaining. Maybe we’ll see him pinch hit later if this one’s close. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles (20-22)

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. José Iglesias, SS
  3. DJ Stewart, RF
  4. Ryan Mountcastle, LF
  5. Pedro Severino, C
  6. Renato Núñez, DH
  7. Rio Ruiz, 3B
  8. Hanser Alberto, 2B
  9. Pat Valaika, 1B

LHP Keegan Akin

New York Yankees (22-21)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Gleyber Torres, SS
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Clint Frazier, RF
  5. Miguel Andújar, LF
  6. Gary Sánchez, DH
  7. Mike Ford, 1B
  8. Kyle Higashioka, C
  9. Thairo Estrada, 2B

RHP Gerrit Cole

News & Notes

  • There is some bad weather in the forecast tonight. In poured in the New York area this morning and more may come later this evening.
  • The Yankees expect to activate Gio Urshela when he’s eligible on Tuesday. That’s good news. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Minor transaction: the team signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league deal and added him to the 60-man roster. He’s off to the Alternate Site. Buchter had sub-3 ERAs as a reliever each year since 2016, but struggled with the Angels this season and was recently let go. (Yankees PR)

Game time is 7:05 p.m. EDT. It’s on the usual networks: YES, WFAN, and WADO. It’s also on MLB Network if you’re out of market.


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1 Comment

  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    Baseball is all about momentum, Derek, and this just guaranteed we have no chance to cash in on last night’s win. They shoulda waited to call the game. There are no fans to worry about so why not put on a Marvel movie and wait it out. And what do you wanna bet that Boone still gives Voit a game off tomorrow? And DJ looks like he needs another week off.

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