Game # 132: Cleveland (75-56) vs Yanks (70-61)

Season Series: Yanks 2, Cleveland 4. Cleveland wins season series.

Let's hope they're right when they say it's tough to lose both games of a DH. Headley sits.
T- Fraz sits. Ells sits. Romine squats. Toe at 3rd. Bird at 1B. Sanchez half in, half off.

Cleveland

Lindor, SS
Jackson, CF
Ramirez, 2B
Encarnacion, 1B
Santana, RF
Diaz, DH
Guyer, LF
Gomes, C
Gonzalez, 3B
Merritt, P

Yanks

Garrdner, LF
Castro, 2B
Sanchez, DH
Judge, RF
Gregorius, SS
Hicks, CF
Bird, 1B
Torreyes, 3B
Romine, C
Mongomery, P

Game on YES.

Game # 131: Cleveland (74-56) vs Yankees (70-60)

Season series: Yankees 2, Cleveland 3

Judge still sits. Castro sits. Bird getsthe half day in. Torreyes in.

Cleveland

  1. SS: Francisco Lindor
  2. LF: Brandon Guyer
  3. 2B: Jose Ramirez
  4. DH: Yandy Diaz
  5. RF: Jay Bruce
  6. 1B: Carlos Santana
  7. C: Roberto Perez
  8. CF: Bradley Zimmer
  9. 3B: Giovanny Urshela
  10. SP: Trevor Bauer

Yankees

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. RF: Aaron Hicks
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. 1B: Chase Headley
  6. DH: Greg Bird
  7. 3B: Todd Frazier
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. 2B: Ronald Torreyes
  10. SP: Jaime Garcia

Game on YES and MLBN.

Game # 130: Cleveland (73-56) vs Yanks (70-59)

Season Series: Yanks 2, Cleveland 2

Judge gets the day off! Ells is pinch-CFer. Bird back in. Headley gets half day in. Yanks back to their real uniforms. Since it's a great pitching match-up, expect a slug fest.

Cleveland

  1. SS: Francisco Lindor
  2. LF: Austin Jackson
  3. 2B: Jose Ramirez
  4. DH: Edwin Encarnacion
  5. RF: Jay Bruce
  6. 1B: Carlos Santana
  7. CF: Bradley Zimmer
  8. C: Yan Gomes
  9. 3B: Giovanny Urshela
  10. SP: Corey Kluber

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. RF: Aaron Hicks
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. 1B: Greg Bird
  7. DH: Chase Headley
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. 3B: Todd Frazier
  10. SP: Luis Severino

Game on YES and ESPN.

Yankees TV Ratings Waaaaaay Up This Season

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The general story among all 30 major league clubs here is pretty clear: when you win more games, you get better ratings. We knew that.

The story for the Yankees is very different. The Yankees have pretty much the same record as last season. They are currently on pace for 88 wins, barely up from 84 wins in 2016 and 87 in 2015. But it sure feels different, doesn't it? This Yankee team is just more fun to watch than any Yankee team since at least 2010ish, maybe even farther back.

I don't watch to draw too much information from this data point, but this season might be a real indictment of the business case for big free agent spending. The Yankees spent a ton of money on Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran for a few seasons. That bought them some wins - the Yankees never really bottomed out - but didn't do much to energize the fan base. Those guys just weren't that fun to watch.

Now, a bunch of free agents to supplement Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, etc, in order to build a superteam? I think that would have a real effect. The Yankees, as exciting as they have been, are a flawed baseball team. I think a 95-win, true World Series contending Yankee team would have even better ratings.

At the very least, any Steinbrenner concerns about the budget are unfounded. Yankee fans are rewarding ownership by watching, attending games, and spending money. The Steinbrenners are likely raking in the cash this year. A few extra million dollars should not be the hang out to build a winning team.

Game # 129: Seattle (66-64) vs Yankees (69-59)

Season Series: Yankees 4, Seattle 2

After an exhausting game Bird gets a rest. Gardy off -- he's obviously too hot to keep in the lineup, especially considering both Aarons are dead weight right now. T-Fraz is back! Castro gets half day in. Toe back at 2B. Considering the pitching match up this is a game the Yankees simply have to find a way to win.

Seattle

  1. SS: Jean Segura
  2. 1B: Yonder Alonso
  3. 2B: Robinson Cano
  4. DH: Nelson Cruz
  5. 3B: Kyle Seager
  6. RF: Mitch Haniger
  7. LF: Ben Gamel
  8. C: Mike Zunino
  9. CF: Guillermo Heredia
  10. SP: Andrew Albers

Yankees

  1. LF: Aaron Hicks
  2. DH: Starlin Castro
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. RF: Aaron Judge
  5. SS: Didi Gregorius
  6. 1B: Chase Headley
  7. 3B: Todd Frazier
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. 2B: Ronald Torreyes
  10. SP: Masahiro Tanaka

Game on YES.

Game # 128: Seattle (66-53) vs Yankees (68-59)

Season Series: Yankees 3, Seattle 2

Ornithology Report: Migratory pattern has been completed.

Hicks benched. T. Frazier benched. Romine squats. Sanchez half day in. Ells is pinch-CFer. Bird is back, but is Bird back? Instead of dropping Judge, Girardi moves him to 2nd in lineup!!!! Yanks need a spark from someone today because with Gary on the mound the Yanks simply MUST win this game.

Seattle

Segura, SS
Alonzo, 1B
Cruz, DH
Seager, 3B
Haniger, RF
Gamel, LF
Heredia, CF
Motter, 2B
Ruiz, C
Gallardo, P

Yankees

Gardner, LF
Judge, RF
Sanchez, C
Gregorius, SS
Castro, 2B
Bird, 1B
Headley, 3B
Ellsbury, CF
Romine, C
Gray, P

Game on YES.

Game # 127: Mariners (65-63) vs Yanks (68-58)

Season Series: Yanks 3, Mariners 1

Ornithology Report: No migration yet.

Castro off DL. Wade goes searching for Bird.  Austin in. Ells back to pinching.  Will the Yanks have an emotional letdown after yesterdays Tangle With the Tigers? This series is an opportunity for the Yanks to put some distance between them and the Mariners.  I wonder if Toe took some extra practice blocking throws in the ground? Personally, I think when both Romine & Sanchez get suspended Judge should catch -- no way an ump could see the strike zone.

Mariners

  1. SS: Jean Segura
  2. 1B: Danny Valencia
  3. DH: Nelson Cruz
  4. 3B: Kyle Seager
  5. RF: Mitch Haniger
  6. C: Mike Zunino
  7. CF: Guillermo Heredia
  8. LF: Ben Gamel
  9. 2B: Taylor Motter
  10. SP: Ariel Miranda

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. CF: Aaron Hicks
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. RF: Aaron Judge
  5. SS: Didi Gregorius
  6. 2B: Starlin Castro
  7. DH: Tyler Austin
  8. 1B: Chase Headley
  9. 3B: Todd Frazier
  10. SP: CC Sabathia

Game on WPIX and MLBN.