Game 5: Party Like It’s 2019 & Sweep The O’s

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The Yankees are in first place. I think they should continue to be in first place by winning tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. It would be rude if they lost, really. Here are tonight’s lineups as the Yanks look to make it three in a row:

New York Yankees (3-1)
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. Miguel Andújar, LF
J.A. Happ, LHP

Baltimore Orioles (2-2)
1. Austin Hayes, CF
2. Hanser Alberto, 2B
3. Renato Núñez, 1B
4. Anthony Santander, RF
5. Pedro Severino, C
6. Dwight Smith Jr., DH
7. Pat Valaika, SS
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Cedrìc Mullins, LF
John Means, LHP

That’s a pretty damn solid lineup right there. I’m all for Andújar getting back in the fold, frankly. Let’s get Miggy as many at-bats as possible. I love me some Brett Gardner – the man has been a 3-4 win player for nearly a decade now – but I’ve missed Andújar’s aggressive, contact first approach. Besides, Gardner is really struggling out of the gate. Perhaps a night off will do him some good. (Let’s also hope tonight is the night Gary Sánchez snaps out of his funk, too).

As for the pitching matchup, it’s hard to think of a better opponent for J.A. Happ than the Orioles. If Happ is going to rebound from an abysmal 2019 campaign, the Orioles are the team to get it started. (The Yankees obliterated Means last year, despite him actually being pretty good overall. Let’s keep that up.)

News & Notes

  • J.A. Happ should be good for about 80 pitches tonight, per Aaron Boone. (Max Goodman)
  • Gerrit Cole praised Gary Sánchez for his knowledge of the Orioles and game-calling skills last night. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Brooks Kriske got the lineup card last night to celebrate his first Major League appearance. Cool moment for the 2016 six-rounder, who underwent Tommy John before a meteoric rise through the minors last year. (Max Goodman)
  • A Phillies staffer and coach both tested positive for COVID-19. That resulted in this weekend’s Blue Jays-Phillies games being postponed. Obviously, that might throw a wrinkle in next week’s four-game set with Philly. 60 games for everyone no longer feels feasible, but who knows. I guess we’ll find out. (Ben Nicholson)
  • For his part, Aaron Boone has no idea. He says the Yankees have no direction from the league on this. (Pete Caldera)

Tonight’s first pitch is a more normal 7:05pm EDT start time. Much better than 7:30, in my opinion. Tonight’s game is on YES locally and being broadcast on the radio by WFAN and WADO. It won’t feature John Sterling, but it’s still hard to beat the Yankees on the radio. Enjoy the game, everyone.

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3 Comments

  1. Mungo

    Happ has not looked…good.

  2. Gerreddardit Cole

    DFA Happ tomorrow and sign Foltynewicz. We just can’t keep going through this crap and God forbid Happ qualify for his bonus year.

  3. Gerreddardit Cole

    The lineup, except Gary, did everything we expected them to do in the 1st inning. Voit is what can happen when you dedicate yourself to fitness, Gary. Happ is still awful, it wasn’t the juiced baseballs. If other series continue to get cancelled we should just keep volunteering to play in Baltimore.

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