The Yankees go for the sweep against The A’s in Oakland today, and they’ll do it with this lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
I’m a little disappointed that Brett Gardner isn’t playing, since I think he’s earned the right to play each day, but whatever. I guess giving A-Rod the half-day off is more important.
They’ll go up against Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez. He’s having a fine year, putting up an ERA/FIP/xFIP line of 2.17/3.29/3.40. The walks are a little high at 4.04 per nine, but he’s striking out 9.10 per nine and giving up just 0.58 HR/9, while getting a 50.6% ground ball rate. Lots of strikeouts and grounders and keeping the ball in the park usually means success. The Yankees haven’t hit all that well against Gonzalez (.214 average, 1 HR, .161 IsoP), but they’ve walked a lot (.380 OBP) against him. Hopefully, they can get some hits to land. Fun fact: Gonzalez was traded to the A’s for Nick Swisher, so he’s, in theory, partially responsible for bringing Swisher to the Yankees. Thanks, Gio!
Anyway, hang out here as you watch the Yanks on a Wednesday afternoon. Go get ‘em, Bombers.
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