Here’s the reality of today: the Yankees can not gain ground in the wildcard race. They can only lose ground. The Orioles and Tigers are tied for the second wildcard spot, and since they’re playing each other, one is guaranteed to win. The Yankees can, at best, keep place in the wildcard race today. That’s a bummer, but it is what it is.
The Yankees can only control their games. No sense in worrying about the Orioles and Tigers. The Bombers are trying for their seventh straight win this afternoon, and even though they have their ace on the mound, it would behoove the offense to score early and often. The bullpen is in a perpetual state of being worn down these days, and several end-game relievers figure to be unavailable. Here is the Rays’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:
- LF Brett Gardner
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- C Gary Sanchez
- SS Didi Gregorius
- 2B Starlin Castro
- DH Brian McCann
- RF Rob Refsnyder
- 1B Tyler Austin
- 3B Ronald Torreyes
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
It’s hot, humid, and a bit cloudy in New York today. There’s no rain in the forecast, thankfully. None of us want to see Mike Everitt jump the gun and call for the tarp again. This afternoon’s game will begin at 4:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.
Update (3:40pm ET): The internet lied to me. Can you believe that? It’s raining right now. It’s not supposed to be a long shower though, so the game will begin soon enough.
Update (3:59pm ET): The Yankees say the game will begin at 4:30pm ET or so.