The team that the Rangers are currently fielding makes me feel quite ashamed for lamenting the injury issues of the Yankees. Tonight’s Rangers lineup includes a 29-year-old rookie batting third, a 28-year-old rookie DH’ing, and J.P. Arencibia (and his 14 wRC+) playing first base. Their actual first baseman (Prince Fielder), should-have-been second baseman (Jurickson Profar), second starter (Martin Perez), third starter (Matt Harrison), and fourth starter (Derek Holland) are all done for the season, and their top set-up men (Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando) may be out for the rest of the year, as well.
So knock on wood and cross your fingers, and then thank whatever God(s) you believe in that the Yankees have a very real shot at the playoffs.
|Texas Rangers||New York Yankees|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||Derek Jeter, SS|
|Jim Adduci, LF||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||Carlos Beltran, DH|
|Leonys Martin, CF||Brian McCann, 1B|