Game 6: Taillon’s debuts as Yankees go for the sweep

Taillon back in camp.

Here’s a sentence I didn’t expect to write this season: the winner of tonight’s game between the Yankees and Orioles will sit all alone in first place of the AL East. Obviously, that it’s April 7th makes such a statement more likely, but still.

Anyway, tonight’s affair marks the debut of Jameson Taillon in pinstripes. If you haven’t read it already, Bobby’s post this afternoon is an excellent primer for his outing.

Behind Taillon will be a lineup without Aaron Judge. He’s dealing with some soreness on his left side, and with the off day tomorrow, the Yankees see this as an opportunity for two days off. I know everyone wants to panic about this already, but let’s pump the brakes for a second. The guy just hit an absolute tank and a couple of other lasers yesterday. This feels precautionary more than anything else. Wake me on Friday if he’s still out.

Now, to the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles (3-2)

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. Trey Mancini, 1B
  3. Anthony Santander, RF
  4. Ryan Mountcastle, LF
  5. Maikel Franco, DH
  6. Pedro Severino, C
  7. Rio Ruiz, 3B
  8. Freddy Galvis, SS
  9. Ramón Urías, 2B

LHP John Means

New York Yankees (3-2)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Gleyber Torres, SS
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Clint Frazier, RF
  6. Jay Bruce, 1B
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

RHP Jameson Taillon

News & Notes

  • It sounds like the Yankees will have 85 percent of the team vaccinated soon. Boone is “very optimistic” about it happening soon. This will relax some of the COVID-19 protocols MLB teams are subject to. (Bryan Hoch)
  • FanGraphs’ Devan Fink wrote about Gary Sánchez today. It’s a good statistical analysis of the backstop’s bat control and BABIP misfortune. All signs point up for Gary, and the good start has been nice to see.
  • Check out Jaime’s piece on Rougned Odor from this morning.
  • It sounds like Taillon is a bit of a coffee snob. Who could blame him? (Hoch)

It’s another gorgeous evening in New York. First pitch is about a half hour from now on YES, MLB Network (out of market only), and WFAN. Enjoy the ballgame.

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1 Comment

  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    I think we have to assume that Judge is out for the year, Derek. This happens every season. They say it’s nothing and it’ll be a couple of days then it’s 10 days then 30 then 60. Judge just swings too hard and that ain’t good for the oblique. We need Voit to hurry back so we can move Jay Bruce to RF. Or call up Odor, move DJ to 1st and Jay in RF.

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