Records: Yankees 41-25 White Sox: 32-34
Gametimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:10pm. Sunday: 1:10
The Evil Empire: PinstripeAlley
Thursday: JA Happ vs Ivan Nova
Friday: CC Sabathia vs Lucas Giolito
Saturday: TBD vs Reynaldo Lopez
Sunday: Masahiro Tanaka vs Odrisamer Despaigne
1. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
2. Aaron Hicks (CF)
3. Luke Voit (DH)
4. Gary Sanchez (C)
5. Didi Gregorius (SS)
6. Clint Frazier (RF)
7. Kendrys Morales (1B)
8. Gio Urshela (3B)
9. Brett Gardner (LF)
1. Leury Garcia (CF)
2. Tim Anderson (SS)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. James McCann (C)
5. Eloy Jimenez (LF)
6. Yonder Alonso (DH) (SIGH)
7. Jose Rondon (3B)
8. Yolmer Sanchez (2B)
9. Ryan Cordell (RF)
The Evil Empire comes to town for a 4 game set this weekend, with the Yankees splitting a double header against their crosstown counterparts the Mets this past Tuesday, with them banging out 16 runs between the two games. The Yankees haven’t had as much luck with the win column in June, constantly flip flopping with the Rays for first place in the division. That hasn’t stopped them from hitting the shit out of the ball during that span, however.
This is a different Yankees team than the one that visited back in April. While Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton and Aaron Judge are still on the IL along with Luis Severino the rest of the team has mostly gotten healthier. The replacements for the ones that haven’t continue to hit at a prodigious pace, with DJ Lethal LeMahieu leading the way with his .316 average and 47 RBIs. Doughboy Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez are pummeling the ball right now, with a combined 37 home runs between the two of them. With the return of Didi Gregorious to the lineup after Tommy John surgery there aren’t too many weak spots in the lineup as it stands right now other than Brett Gardner, and he’ll get punted to the bench when Stanton comes back in the next week or two.
As far as their pitching staff goes, this unit is currently anchored down by Masa Tanaka who currently has an ERA that sits in the mid 3’s. James Paxton had strung together a few solid starts in a row before the wheels came off against the Mets on Tuesday. He didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning while giving up 6 runs. He got booed off the mound by the New York “faithful”, and may have his turn in the rotation skipped as a result. Personal favorite CC Sabathia is also still here, the retirement train still chugging along with a 3.66 ERA. JA Happ is still struggling to string together decent starts, and he stands as the Sox best chance to pull out an easy win this weekend.
As for the Pale Hose, after their split with the Nationals earlier this week they still sit 2 games under .500, with their odds of getting past that not looking great. With both Lopez and Nova on tap this weekend, they’re going to need to have better control than they’ve shown of late if they want to see the 5th inning, Nova in particular. Giolito gets his sternest test to date against this lineup of mashers and it will be interesting to see how he responds. O-driss gets his second start in a Sox jersey, and if he can replicate what he did against the Nats on Monday night, I’ll be shocked.
This could be ugly…