|Ketel Marte - CF||Aaron Hicks - CF|
|David Peralta - LF||Aaron Judge - RF|
|Eduardo Escobar - 3B||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Christian Walker - 1B||Luke Voit - 1B|
|Adam Jones - RF||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|Wilmer Flores - 2B||Gleyber Torres - 2B|
|Nick Ahmed - SS||Gio Urshela - 3B|
|Yasmany Tomas - DH||Mike Tauchman - LF|
|Carson Kelly - C||Kyle Higashioka - C|
It’s impossible to play the Yankees in New York without thinking back to the World Series in 2001. The D-backs won the first two games in Phoenix, but then lost three straight in the Big Apple - two of them in heartbreaking fashion - to put them on the edge of elimination. Of course, we know how that story ended, with the Diamondbacks blowing past the Yankees in Game 6, to set up what remains one of the most dramatic winner-take-all games in World Series history. But this evening’s game will actually be the 10th game against the Yankees in New York since those contests. They haven’t gone much better for Arizona than the World Series contests, the D-backs having a 2-7 record for regular-season play in Yankee Stadium.
The last series was in 2013, and the D-backs almost got swept. They lost the first two by margins of 4-2 and 4-3, then J.J. Putz blew a ninth-inning lead in the finale, doing his best Kim impression by allowing a solo home-run to Francisco Cervelli. However, this one did have a happier ending. The Diamondbacks scored four in the 12th, on hits by Cody Ross and Eric Chavez (there’s some flashback names!), then Tony Sipp (ditto!) got the final three outs, allowing Arizona to escape with a win. Our only regulation victory against New York on their turf, was all the way back in 2002: Miguel Batista got the win, in a game saved by Kim, who then joyously pulled a Trevor Bauer, tossing the ball over the outfield fence.
Some notes from Jack, who is in New York for this series.
Cron’s option was rescinded and he was actually on the MLB roster when put on IL, so he’s collecting an MLB paycheck and MLB service time. He has a sore elbow. The Cron injury is the primary reason that Tomas was recalled, according to an insider I spoke to.
During the pre-game today I asked Torey if Tomas would get a chance to play in the field after this inter-league series. He said that Yasmany has worked hard on both sides of the ball, both his defense and his approach at the plate. Torey anticipates getting Tomas some reps in the field, not just as a pinch hitter/DH. He said it was 50/50 whether that would be more likely to come in the outfield or at first base.