Game 157: McCarthy’s Last Start

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Unless the Yankees make a miraculous comeback and win one of the wildcard spots, Brandon McCarthy is making his final start of the season and possibly his final start in pinstripes tonight. He’s been awesome for the Yankees, pitching to a 2.54 ERA (2.95 FIP) in 13 starts and 85 innings. McCarthy actually ranks fifth on the team in innings pitched this year behind Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, David Phelps, and Dellin Betances. Crazy. I hope he comes back next season. If not, then I hope his last start in pinstripes is a dandy. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 3B Chase Headley
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. LF Chris Young
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. DH Jose Pirela
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

The weather has been just perfect in New York today. Couldn’t ask for any better. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on My9 locally and ESPN nationally. ESPN actually picked this game up yesterday citing postseason implications, if you can believe that. Anyway, enjoy the game.

Game 156: Big Mike vs. the O’s

BIG MIKE IS HERE

The final home series of the season is upon us. As much as this season sucked, I will dearly miss watching baseball in Yankee Stadium this winter just as I do every winter. The Yankees have to win all seven of their remaining games to make the postseason at this point, and even then they’ll need some help, so just sit back and enjoy the final week of the season. No point in stressing over anything. Just enjoy the baseball before it goes away. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. LF Chris Young
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 1B Frankie Cervelli
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. DH Jose Pirela
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s a wonderful day for baseball in New York. I little chilly but not too much. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Game 155: Tanaka Returns

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(Brian Blanco/Getty)

After more than three months on the shelf, Masahiro Tanaka returns to the rotation this afternoon. The treatment for his partially torn ligament is complete, so the elbow is as healthy as it’s going to get. This afternoon’s start — as well as his next start in five days — is about testing the ligament in game action. It still might blow out and require Tommy John surgery. If it does, the Yankees want it to happen now rather than next April.

The Yankees are out of the postseason race — they are still mathematically alive, but they’re an extreme long shot — so results don’t matter this afternoon. If Tanaka gets rocked, fine. It’ll suck, but whatever. The healthy of his elbow is the most important thing. If he comes through the start feeling strong and the ligament holds up, then it’s a major win in the grand scheme of things. The Yankees could certainly use some good injury news after these last two seasons. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. LF Chris Young
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 1B Francisco Cervelli
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Not the best weather for Tanaka’s return — it’s overcast and humid as hell, plus there is some scattered rain in the forecast throughout the day. Hopefully nothing that causes any kind of delay. The last thing the Yankees need is Tanaka’s first game back to be cut short by the weather. This afternoon’s game will start at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Updates: Joe Girardi said Derek Jeter will play every game the rest of the season, even if he only starts as the DH … Carlos Beltran (elbow) will not have his surgery until after the season, though it remains unclear if he will be healthy enough to play this last week … Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) wants to play again this season, even if the team is eliminated … Chaz Roe was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Tanaka, who was activated off the 60-day DL.

Game 154: Go For Four

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(Presswire)

The Yankees have won three straight games and hey, they’re still mathematically alive in the wildcard race. It’s probably a little late to make a run but wins are fun at any point of the season. Keep the winning streak going and see what happens. Hopefully something wild. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s a little cloudy in New York but otherwise it’s a nice cool afternoon for baseball. Great day to spend at the ballpark. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 4pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: The Yankees did not announce the MRI results, but both Joe Girardi and Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) said they hope he will play again this season. I guess that means good news?

Game 153: Three Straight?

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(Alex Goodlett/Getty)

Thanks to last night’s walk-off win, the Yankees have a chance to win their third straight game tonight. That doesn’t sound like anything special, but the Yankees haven’t won three straight games in nearly a month now. The last time they won three straight was actually the five-game winning streak from August 21st through August 25th. Yeah, it’s been a while. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. LF Brett Gardner
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather is gorgeous in New York, though it is a little chilly. Summer’s over, sadly. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.