The Wild-Card Game: Tanaka vs. Keuchel

This is it – the most important game of the season. That’s a line that has been utilized over and over again this season (and in most every season), but it is true in the purest sense of the phrase tonight. If the Yankees win, they advance to play the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. If they lose, their off-season begins, as does planning for 2016.

Do or die. Win or go home. Put up or shut up. Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Houston Astros New York Yankees
Jose Altuve, 2B Brett Gardner, CF
George Springer, RF Chris Young, LF
Carlos Correa, SS Carlos Beltran, RF
Colby Rasmus, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Evan Gattis, DH Brian McCann, C
Carlos Gomez, CF Chase Headley, 3B
Luis Valbuena, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Chris Carter, 1B Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Jason Castro, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Dallas Keuchel, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP

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Game 162: Just win, gosh darn it!

All the Yankees need to do is win one game to secure home field advantage for the Wild Card game. Of course, they’ve needed to do that all weekend but instead were swept in yesterday’s doubleheader. Not a good look.

Anywho, the pitching matchup is Chris Tillman vs. Michael Pineda.

ORIOLES
Reimold CF
Parra RF
Machado 3B
Davis 1B
Wieters C
Pearce LF
Clevenger DH
Hardy SS
Flaherty 2B

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
McCann C
Bird 1B
Headley 3B
Ackley 2B
Gregorius SS

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Game 161: The Nightcap (Severino vs. Jimenez)

The Yankees got whooped in the day part of this Saturday doubleheader with their C team.  I’d say they’ve got the B- team out for the nightcap to support Luis Severino tonight, and that’s being a tad generous.

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Dustin Ackley- LF
3) Carlos Beltran- DH
4) Brian McCann- C
5) Greg Bird- 1B
6) Rob Refsnyder- 2B
7) Didi Gregorius- SS
8) Slade Heathcott- RF
9) Brendan Ryan- 3B

Double duty for Refs and Ryan, Greg Bird hitting in an important spot, and the bullpen hosses all available and in need of at least 1 quick tuneup outing before Tuesday night.  This is the game to get it done if the Yankees want to end the home field drama before tomorrow.  First pitch coming up at or around 7:05 local time, this is your game thread.  Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Game 160: Nova vs. Chen

It’s so awesome that the Yankees get to play a day-night doubleheader on the final weekend of the regular season.  No really, I mean it, it’s greeeeeaaaaaaaat.  They’ll start the festivities in Baltimore this afternoon with Ivan Nova on the mound and a righty-heavy lineup behind him to counter left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.  This will be the fifth time the Yankees have faced Ched this year, and they knocked him around pretty good the last time in an 8-6 win on September 7th.  Here’s the Yankees’ starting lineup:

1) Brett Gardner- CF
2) Rob Refsnyder- 2B
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Chris Young- LF
5) Chase Headley- 1B
6) John Ryan Murphy- C
7) Jose Pirela- RF
8) Austin Romine- 1B
9) Brendan Ryan- SS

First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 local time, Yanks can clinch WC home field with a win.  Here’s your day game thread.… Click here to read the rest

Game 159: Sabathia vs. Hill

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
Rusney Castillo, RF Chris Young, LF
Allen Craig, DH John Ryan Murphy, C
Deven Marrero, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Josh Rutledge, 2B Brendan Ryan, 3B
Rich Hill, SP CC Sabathia, SP

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Game 158: Tanaka vs. Miley

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
David Ortiz, DH Carlos Beltran, RF
Travis Shaw, 1B Brian McCann, C
Brock Holt, RF Chris Young, LF
Blake Swihart, C Greg Bird, 1B
Deven Marrero, 3B Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Wade Miley, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP

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Game 157: Pineda vs. Porcello

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
David Ortiz, DH Brian McCann, C
Travis Shaw, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
Brock Holt, RF Dustin Ackley, 2B
Blake Swihart, C Chase Headley, 3B
Deven Marrero, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Rick Porcello, SP Michael Pineda, SP

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Game 156: Nova vs. Rodriguez

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
Brock Holt, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Allen Craig, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Blake Swihart, C John Ryan Murphy, C
Deven Marrero, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP Ivan Nova, SP

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