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ALCS Game 6: Win It for CC (Again)

Win one more game and we force a Game 7. In Game 7s, anything can happen. Tonight will be a battle of the bullpens with the Yankees’ backs up against a wall. Before Friday’s Game 5, CC Sabathia said that he would consider an MRI after the team got back from Houston…but I don’t think he planned on that being on Sunday, so I think the Yankees should go out there and win tonight. What say you?

In all seriousness, tonight is another do-or-die matchup for the Yanks. Houston is incredible at home but the Yankees are an incredible team. I’m not yet ready to say goodbye to the 2019 Yankees. They’re my favorite Yankees team in quite some time, even surpassing the 2017 squad. I suspect the same is true for you, too, so lets all just hope that they’re able to get the job done once more.

Here are tonight’s lineups as the Yankees try to stave off elimination for at least another night:

Houston Astros (3-2)
1. George Springer, CF
2. José Altuve, 2B
3. Michael Brantley, LF
4. Alex Bregman, 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
6. Carlos Correa, SS
7. Yordan Álvarez, DH
8. Robinson Chirinos, C
9. Josh Reddick, RF
RHP Brad Peacock

New York Yankees (2-3)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Gleyber Torres, 2B
4. Aaron Hicks, CF
5. Edwin Encarnación, DH
6. Didi Gregorius, SS
7. Gary Sánchez, C
8. Gio Urshela, 3B
9. Brett Gardner, LF
RHP Chad Green

Aaron Boone said before the game that Giancarlo Stanton was “okay” but that he wanted to plug Edwin in. I have no problem with that, as I don’t think either Edwin nor Giancarlo are particularly healthy at this point. Oh well. Go out there and get the job done and force a Game 7 no matter what. Let’s go Yankees!


ALCS Game 5: Win It For CC

More of this, please

The comeback starts now. It may be late. It may be with the Yankees’ backs against the wall, in a corner, in a hole they’ve dug, etc. Is that enough ‘must win’ metaphors? Well here’s something a little more straightforward:

Win this game for CC Sabathia. Then go to Houston and win this series for CC Sabathia. Then have him throw out the first pitch in World Series Game 1. That can and hopefully will start tonight. After all, CC already has his mind made up about it:

That is a man with a plan. And true to form for the defacto captain of the Yankees, it’s a rallying call for his teammates.

Here are the lineups:


1) George Springer, RF
2) José Altuve, 2B
3) Michael Brantley, LF
4) Alex Bregman, 3B
5) Yuli Gurriel, 1B
6) Carlos Correa, SS
7) Yordan Alvarez, DH
8) Robinson Chirinos, C
9) Jake Marisnick, CF


1) DJ LeMahieu, 1B
2) Aaron Judge, RF
3) Gleyber Torres, 2B
4) Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5) Aaron Hicks, CF
6) Gary Sánchez, C
7) Didi Gregorius, SS
8) Gio Urshela, 3B
9) Brett Gardner, LF

Here’s hoping the Yankees can take inspiration from Gary’s homer last night, Big G’s return, and CC Sabathia’s effort and get this series back to Houston. Win it for CC, guys. Win it for CC.

ALCS Game 3: Home sweet home

Quick bit of housekeeping: Today’s game recap may take a little longer than usual to publish after the final out is recorded. The mid-day start time has thrown a wrench in our plans, but we’ll do our best to have something as soon as possible postgame. Thanks for understanding!

Nobody said beating the Astros would be easy. I personally would have been fine with an 11-0 postseason. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

Today, the big challenge is to defeat Houston’s ace, Gerrit Cole. He’s been ridiculously good this season, and he shoved in the ALDS, but the Yankees’ lineup is a different animal compared to the Rays. That’s true even without Giancarlo Stanton, who sits again today with a quad injury.

Oh, and it’s not like the Yankees have some slouch on the mound opposing Cole and Houston’s offense. Luis Severino gets the nod for Bombers’ first home game of the series. What’s more: the Yankees do very, very well at Yankee Stadium. They went 57-24 at home this year and the Astros know quite well that it’s a difficult place to be the road team.

With that, here are today’s lineups as the Yankees look to take a 2-1 series advantage:

Houston Astros

  1. George Springer, CF
  2. José Altuve, 2B
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Alex Bregman, 3B
  5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  6. Yordan Álvarez, DH
  7. Carlos Correa, SS
  8. Josh Reddick, RF
  9. Martín Maldonado, C

RHP Gerrit Cole

New York Yankees

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Brett Gardner, LF
  4. Edwin Encarnación, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, 2B
  6. Didi Gregorius, SS
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Aaron Hicks, CF

RHP Luis Severino

News & Notes

  • Even though Stanton isn’t in the lineup, he’s available to pinch hit according to Aaron Boone. He’d probably be on the injured list if it were the regular season.
  • This is the first time the Yankees will see Reddick and Maldonado. The latter has essentially become Cole’s personal catcher.
  • Later tonight, the Nationals have a chance to complete a sweep of the Cardinals and make the franchise’s first World Series appearance. What a postseason run they’ve had.

It’s a beautiful fall day in New York for some baseball. This one gets underway at 4:08pm in the Bronx on FS1 and WFAN. Enjoy the game!

ALCS Game 2: Win it for Giancarlo

Get well soon, G! (MLB Gifs)

The Yankees have a chance to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Astros before returning to the Bronx, but they’ll have to do it shorthanded against Justin Verlander.

Giancarlo Stanton is out with a quad strain he suffered while legging out a single in the second inning Saturday. He hit a home run afterward and looked fine in the field, but he underwent an MRI. Though he’s a pinch-hitting option tonight, Aaron Boone didn’t say he would definitely return this series.

Meanwhile, the offense has enough trouble in store as Verlander is on the mound. Here’s my preview of Verlander’s start from earlier. He gave up a career-high 36 home runs this year, yet the right-hander was still good enough to be a Cy Young favorite. The Yankees will have to beat either Verlander or Gerrit Cole at least once to win this series.

To the lineups

Yankees (1-0)

DJ LeMahieu, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF
Gleyber Torres, 2B
Edwin Encarnación, DH
Brett Gardner, CF
Gary Sánchez, C
Gio Urshela, 3B
Cameron Maybin, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS

LHP James Paxton

Astros (0-1)

George Springer, RF
Michael Brantley, LF
José Altuve, 2B
Alex Bregman, 3B
Yordan Álvarez, DH
Yuli Gurriel, 1B
Carlos Correa, SS
Robinson Chirinos, C
Jake Marisnick, CF

RHP Justin Verlander

News & Notes

  • If you’re wondering why Hicks isn’t starting, he’s 2-for-23 against Verlander with 10 K, so that could be part of the picture. Otherwise, it’s hard to see his role.
  • The Yankees hope the two days before Game 3 will be enough for Stanton to return, Boone said.
  • Jake Marisnick gives Houston a better defensive outfield while also sporting good career numbers off Paxton. George Springer has hit Paxton well, too.

The game is set for an 8:08 p.m. first pitch on FS1 while you can listen on WFAN. Enjoy the game!

ALCS Game 1: Time for revenge


Here we go everyone. The two teams that seemed to be on a collision course all season are set to begin this best-of-7 down in Houston. I, for one, would like to see the Yankees get some vengeance for losing the 2017 ALCS to the Astros.

Tonight will be the third time the Yankees have seen Zack Greinke this season, though a few players in tonight’s lineup weren’t around back in that April matchup. The Rays roughed up Greinke in the ALDS and has a history of postseason struggles. Hopefully the Yankees build on that tonight.

Meanwhile, postseason ace Masahiro Tanaka has the duty of facing an all-time great Astros lineup. He pitched brilliantly against the Astros back in the 2017 ALCS and has a history of big game performances, so it would be no surprise if he shut down Houston tonight.

With that, let’s get to the lineups:

New York Yankees

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Gleyber Torres, 2B
  4. Edwin Encarnación, DH
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, LF
  6. Brett Gardner, CF (L)
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)

RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Houston Astros

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Michael Brantley, LF (L)
  3. José Altuve, 2B
  4. Alex Bregman, 3B
  5. Yordan Álvarez, DH (L)
  6. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  7. Carlos Correa, SS
  8. Kyle Tucker, RF (L)
  9. Robinson Chirinos, C

RHP Zack Greinke

In case you missed it earlier today, Bobby put together a news and notes post to help you catch up with the latest. Additionally, Steven wrote up the series preview yesterday.

Tonight’s game is on FOX and first pitch is scheduled for 8:08pm. And, as usual, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman have the radio call on WFAN. Let’s go Yankees!

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