Game 88: Win the Series Before the Break

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Last night’s game may have been an annoying one, but man, things have really been coming up Yankees lately, huh? They’re 57-30 (.655) with a 9 game lead over Tampa in the loss column. They’ve taken 2 of 3 in this series so far, and I think they should win today and take 3 of 4 and send Tampa into the break with an even bigger deficit. Sound good? Good.

Here are today’s lineups before the All-Star Break:

New York Yankees (57-30)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Didi Gregorius, SS
4. Gary Sánchez, DH
5. Edwin Encarnación, 1B
6. Brett Gardner, LF
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Breyvic Valera, 2B
9. Austin Romine, C
LHP James Paxton (5-3, 4.09 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays (51-39)
1. Travis d’Arnaud, 1B
2. Tommy Pham, LF
3. Yandy Díaz, 3B
4. Avisail García, RF
5. Nate Lowe, DH
6. Michael Brosseau, 2B
7. Willy Adames, SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
9. Mike Zunino, C
RHP Charlie Morton (9-2, 2.36 ERA)

Breyvic Valera, who was just called up earlier today, gets the start at 2nd. Interesting. My guess is that the rest-obsessed Yankees wanted to give All-Stars DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres an extra day off since they won’t get one on Tuesday.

Today’s game will start at 1:10 pm, and you can catch it on TBS (out-of-market only), YES locally, and on the radio on WFAN 660. Enjoy the game, everyone.

News and Notes

  • Turns out I was right about the DJLM/Torres speculation, which I wrote before I saw this tweet from Lindsey Adler, in which Boone says just that.
  • Deivi Garcia, my longtime prospect crush, is starting tonight’s Futures Game. That rules. Hooray for spin-rate and pitch-tracking data.

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5 Comments

  1. Paxton’s outing is a very good one, 6ip, 2 er, 11k’s 0bb. Problem is he put them in a 2-0 hole the first inning and he labors. The other team always seems on the verge of tagging him.

    A lot of it is high expectations, but I find him disappointing. He’s a nice #3 starter.

  2. chip56

    Unless Valera had an opt out I’m not sure why the Yankees called him up instead of Thairo?

    • Showcase and Maybe they want to see whom to trade, him or Thairo. They may want to see if he can replace Thairo as good depth.

      • Rich

        Valera is a career minor leaguer with a cup of coffee in ML. He has no trade value. He will be back down before the next game.

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