You know, just because the Yankees are playing the Chicago Cubs this week that doesn’t mean that the weather had to become Chicago-like. Mother Nature is just being mean now because it’s going to be a downright chilly day and night at Yankee Stadium and I, for one, do not envy anyone who will be out there today – players, fans and media included.
Here are your lineups for the afternoon tilt:
|Chicago Cubs||New York Yankees|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||Carlos Beltran, RF|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||Alfonso Soriano, DH|
|Starlin Castro SS||Brian McCann, C|
|Junior Lake, LF||Yangervis Solarte, 2B|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||Kelly Johnson, 1B|
|Mike Olt, DH||Dean Anna, SS|
|John Baker, C||Scott Sizemore, 3B|
|Jason Hammel, SP||Masahiro Tanaka, SP|
Some game notes:
- The Yankees are 7-4 in their last 11 games after dropping their first two games of the season at Houston. And you all were flipping out. Tsk, tsk.
- They started the season with games on 13 consecutive days before Monday’s scheduled off day and Tuesday’s rainout.
- This is an interesting stat: The Yankees are 7-0 this season when leading after six innings and 0-6 when tied or trailing after six innings.
- The Cubs haven’t been to Yankee Stadium since June 2005 and during that series, Derek Jeter hit his first (and only) career grand slam.
Happy TANAK day!