Game 104: Hoping Happ Will Be Hapless

Heading into this game, Ichiro Suzuki had started eight of the Yankees nine games following the All-Star Break, and played the last four innings of the one game he did not start (the fourteen inning affair against the Rangers). And despite the heroics of Friday night, this does appear to be a much needed respite for Ichiro, who is batting .107/.167/.214 over that stretch. It also doubles as a strong match-up move for Joe Girardi, as Zelous Wheeler has mashed left-handed pitching throughout his professional career.

Brett Gardner (.686 OPS since the break) could probably use a breather, as well. Girardi has been quite good about getting his players rest throughout his tenure, and with nagging injuries throughout the lineup, that will become increasingly important down the stretch.

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Melky Cabrera, RF Derek Jeter, SS
Jose Bautista, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dioner Navarro, C Carlos Beltran, DH
Dan Johnson, DH Brian McCann, 1B
Colby Rasmus, CF Chase Headley, 3B
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B Francisco Cervelli, C
Juan Francisco, 3B Zelous Wheeler, RF
Anthony Gose, LF Brendan Ryan, 2B
J.A. Happ, SP Shane Greene, SP

Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.