Yesterday’s rainout delayed things a bit, but the biggest series of the season is finally here. It is the Yankees’ biggest series since 2012 and the biggest series for the Blue Jays in two decades. It’s been a long time since they were in contention this late in the season. The four-game, three-day series begins tonight.
The situation is pretty straight forward: the Yankees are 1.5 games back of the Blue Jays with 24 games to play. Anything less than a split this season severely damages their division title hopes and even a split wouldn’t be all that great. The Yankees need to make up ground and soon. One game at a time, one inning at a time, yadda yadda yadda. Four games at home against your main competition in mid-September is an opportunity that must be cashed in. Here is Toronto’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- LF Brett Gardner
- DH Alex Rodriguez
- C Brian McCann
- RF Carlos Beltran
- 3B Chase Headley
- 1B Greg Bird
- SS Didi Gregorius
- 2B Brendan Ryan
RHP Luis Severino
The weather is nice tonight. A little cool and cloudy, but there is no rain in the forecast. It feels … postseasonal. Tonight’s series opener is set to begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.
Rotation Update: Michael Pineda will start the first game of tomorrow’s doubleheader and Ivan Nova will start the second, the Yankees say.
Roster Moves: Chris Martin was called up from Triple-A Scranton, the Yankees announced. So they still have a 13-man bullpen even with Adam Warren moving back into the rotation … Rookie Pulaski manager Tony Franklin has joined the coaching staff for the remainder of the homestand. Franklin managed Double-A Trenton from 2007-14 and has coached all the homegrown guys on the roster.