Game 99: Messin’ with Texas

(Or, hoping not to get messed up in Texas.)

After last night’s frustrating loss to the Red Sox the Yankees are now down in Arlington, Texas to play four games against the Rangers. I will not make any predictions about what will happen other than to say that my prediction is similar to Clubber Lang’s in Rocky III.

Paaaaaaaaain.

Here are your lineups for tonight:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Ichiro RF
Cano 2B
Overbay 1B
Wells LF
Hafner DH
Nunez SS
Stewart C
Cruz 3B

TEXAS
Kinsler 2B
Moreland 1B
Cruz RF
Beltre 3B
Pierzynski DH
Andrus SS
Murphy LF
Soto C
Martin CF

The pitching matchup is Yu Darvish vs Ivan Nova. Nova has been great since coming back from his sojourn in the Minors so hopefully the break didn’t mess with him and Darvish is making his first post-All Star start after being on the DL with a trapezius issue. No offense to him but I hope the break from pitching messed with him, just a little bit.

Go Yankees!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.