The Yankees's victory last night was the first time they won consecutive games in the first half. If they can win tonight against the Angels it would be the first three-game winning streak the team has had since July 10-12. Unfortunately for the Yankees, CC Sabathia is pitching tonight, but hopefully he can turn it around and keep the winning going. New York goes up against left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas, so hold your breath with this lineup:
I Can't Write Lefthanded Lineup: Nunez 6, Soriano 7, Cano 4, Rodriguez DH, Wells 9, Granderson 8, Nix 5, Overbay 3, Romine 2, Sabathia 1.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) August 13, 2013
This is a little bizarre. Eduardo Nunez is leading off with Alfonso Soriano hitting second. Robinson Cano bats third and Alex Rodriguez bats clean up as the DH while Vernon Wells rounds out the heart of the lineup. Curtis Granderson is in center field and Jayson Nix is at third base while Lyle Overbay and Austin Romine make up the last of the lineup. The Yankees have struggled against left-handed pitchers all year, but this lineup doesn't look promising.
Taking Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki out of the lineup and off the field makes the outfield so much weaker, especially at the corners. Keeping A-Rod out as the designated hitter leaves the left side of the infield pretty weak as well.
Today is the New York Penn League All-Star Game and while the Staten Island Yankees don't have anyone in the starting lineup, they do have six reserves, which is more than than any other organization other than the Pirates. Staten Island is represented by first baseman Bubba Jones, shortstop Jose Rosario, third baseman Eric Jagielo, outfielder Yeicok Calderon, pitcher Rookie Davis, and pitcher Stefan Lopez.