6/22: First-team lineup tonight?

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After seven straight wins, the Yankees host Houston tonight in FOX’s weekly national game. No need to take foot off the gas. Houston has lost six straight and is throwing lefty Wade Miley, 6-4 with a solid 3.30 ERA thus far. Yanks counter with Masa Tanaka, coming off a complete game shutout of Tampa.
Houston’s offense misses Correa and Springer. But the Astros have enough quality hitters to bother Tanaka. It’s just that Jose Altuve is still shaking off rust and guys like Josh Reddick are trying to do too much, instead of taking a walk. If the Astros want to chase splitters in the dirt, Tanaka might eat them up.
New York will get DJ LeMahieu back after a one-game rest. Will he lead off or hit second? Boone is intrigued with batting Aaron Judge first. LeMahieu is hitting .450 with runners in scoring position. So why lead him off? Hell, why not hit DJ third?
These are the deep issues Boone must consider. How does he construct a lineup stocked with power hitters?
Yanks are on a roll, in no small part due to excellent starting pitching. But it is more than that. They are making all the plays on defense. Torres and Didi turned an athletic DP behind Britton last night. Gardner made a sliding catch down the left field line. Encarnacion produced three big plays at first base.
Luke Voit should return today, too, from a one-day vacation.
Tonight, we may see the first-team lineup.
 
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Romine's going to play one of these two games, I think they might wait for the full first-team lineup until tomorrow with Verlander. Encarnacion has very good numbers against Miley, Voit can't sit again and Tanaka has dominant numbers with Romine catching, so I actually think the red-hot Sanchez could sit today.
 

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All seven games of the 2017 ALCS between these two teams were won by the home team. The season series this year has gone the same way so far, although NY was undermanned for the series in HOU and HOU has some key guys missing currently.
 

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You guys are right. Romine today makes perfect sense. And VORP is right, too. Somebody will rest every day.

According to the Associated Press story in today’s newspaper, Tanaka is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in his last six starts against Houston.
 

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Of course that ignores the two 2017 ALCS starts he made against them, 13 innings/2 runs.
 

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Still waiting for the roster move for Maybin, I think it's got to be Tauchman but no confirmation yet.
 

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A bit strange, almost all possible callups seem to be physically in Scranton before today's game there. Could be Tyler Wade?
 

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Oh, I think I figured it out. Wade up until Tuesday, then Chance Adams up for the long man spot behind Green, then Tauchman up the next day until German is ready and his spot comes up.
 

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Wow, NY is going to play a man down today, that's a bit strange with them being at home and the AAA team a few hours drive away.
 

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Astros are 6 for 47 with RISP during the last 6+ games, again 24 more hours of that would be welcome.
 

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Haven't hit the ball out of the infield yet, hopefully they will fare better second time around.
 

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That works, 72 pitches through 5 for Tanaka. Now let's get him some runs!

(Or one run)

(Or a hit even)
 

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I would use Chad Green in the 7th for the top of the lineup, I think.
 

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Stanton hits a heavy topspin grounder at Bregman, who tries to pick it. Off his glove into left. Two runs. If Bregman can’t catch it, that’s a hit.
 

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Bregman gets a liner past diving Gio. Two outs, one on for Brantley, who singles to left.

Abbey was right. Chad Green was the call.
 

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Perfect situation for Green, fuck.

Tarpley was absolutely dominant for 3 innings tonight in AAA, by the way. NY badly needs to clear out the dead weight at the back of the pen.