The Bombers will be without DJ LeMahieu (triceps) and Gio Urshela (hamstring) on Friday night for the series opener against the Miami Marlins. The good news is both are day-to-day, so neither injury is serious.
So, when looking at the lineup below, just take out Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade and you have the new and improved 2021 Yankees.
It really couldn’t come soon enough.
Manager Aaron Boone got a little crafty, too! Can’t say we don’t like it.
Gleyber Torres will lead off this wild, wild post-trade deadline lineup … with Giancarlo Stanton PLAYING THE OUTFIELD!!!
The Yankees are ready to kick off the second half with their new trade acquisitions.
There’s Joey Gallo in the two-hole and Anthony Rizzo batting cleanup. Aaron Judge got bumped to third and Stanton (thank goodness) is further down at No. 5. That’s four lefties in tonight’s lineup if you count Odor and Wade.
The timing really couldn’t be better, either, because the Marlins pitching staff is really good. They’re sixth in MLB with a 3.55 ERA as a staff and seventh with a 3.64 ERA among their starters. If they had the chance to pitch to a right-handed-heavy Yankees lineup, it undoubtedly would’ve been a simpler task.
Hopefully the shift to the other batter’s box in addition to a positive culture shock will help the Yankees turn their season around. Though things haven’t been as bad as, say, June, this team still needs to pick it up and rattle off a significant win streak or deliver one (1) series sweep for the fan base.
This is easily the most excited anyone’s been since … Opening Day? Gallo and Rizzo provided some fresh commentary in their introductions to the media on Friday ahead of their debuts. Bring us more of that. We’re done with the cookie-cutter answers and responses from Judge, Boone and Gerrit Cole.
A breath of fresh air. A new two months. Plenty of time to make this assortment of players a postseason contender. Please don’t fool us this time.