Game 51: The Yankees are at Full Strength

Can you believe there are only 10 games left in the 2020 season? Pretty wild stuff. The Yankees are sitting as pretty as they have been in about a month, comfortably in second place and winners of their last 8 games. They’re playing the Red Sox, an opponent against whom they haven’t dropped a game all season. Let’s hope the good times keep rolling.

Here are the lineups, one of which I suspect you’ll like a lot:

New York Yankees (29-21)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
4. Luke Voit, 1B
5. Gleyber Torres, SS
6. Aaron Hicks, CF
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Gary Sánchez, C
9. Clint Frazier, LF
Jordan Montgomery, LHP

Boston Red Sox (19-32)
1. Alex Verdugo, RF
2. Rafael Devers, 3B
3. Xander Boegarts, SS
4. J.D. Martinez, LF
5. Christian Vázquez, C
6. Kevin Plawecki, DH
7. Jackie Bradley, Jr.
8. Michael Chavis, 1B
9. Christian Arroyo, 2B
Martín Pérez, LHP

Now that is a lineup. It’s the first time the Yankees have trotted out both Judge and Stanton since August 8, which was over a month ago. Folks, the Yankees are at full strength at last. Now we just need to keep them there for the rest of the season.

News & Notes

  • Aaron Boone said that he’s going to keep tinkering with the lineup, but that Judge/Stanton are back-to-back because of the lefty opponent in Pérez tonight. They should always hit back-to-back. (Max Goodman)
  • Boone says it’s hard to imagine where the Yankees would be without Luke Voit. You can say that again. (SNY Yankee Videos)
  • Predictably, Boone says his team is locked in and ready to go for October. What else would he say? (Erik Boland)

First pitch is at 7:30 ET for some reason. It’s on YES locally, MLB Network nationally, and on WFAN/WADO for radio. Enjoy the game, everyone.


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  1. Brian M

    Another classic Yanks-Sox 5 hour affair. Ugh.

  2. CentralScrutinizer

    I really hope that batting Hicks 6th and Frazier 9th is to put some sting into the bottom of the order because otherwise I don’t understand the rationale. Hicks has done practically nothing with the bat this year and Clint had been raking. And since tonight’s Red Sox starter is a lefty that means Hicks will be batting on his weaker side.I’m beginning to think that Hicks has dirty pictures of Boone or someone in the front office because otherwise I don’t understand the preferential treatment he gets.

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