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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

Matz Pitches the Mets Past the Struggling Yankees

The Yankees started a three-game series in Citi Field on Friday night. Masahiro Tanaka and Steven Matz faced off on a humid Friday evening in Flushing Meadows. In Tanaka's three starts in September, he's gone 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA, allowing just five earned runs in 21.1 innings while striking out 22. Meanwhile, young Steven Matz still has not lost in his rookie season and he's pitched well in September, recording a 2-0 record and a 2.61 ERA in two starts. The Mets rode their offensive firepower and excellent pitching to an easy win over the Yankees, who have been struggling offensively.

Game 1 (Friday, September 18) - New York Yankees 1 @ New York Mets 5
Pitching Matchup: Masahiro Tanaka (12-6, 3.40 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (3-0, 1.88 ERA)

The Yankees struck first in the first inning as Chris Young’s 1-out sacrifice fly brought Brett Gardner home from third and the Yankees led 1-0. However, the game went downhill from here. The Mets tied it up quickly in the second when Lucas Duda homered to right. In the sixth, Brendan Ryan came up with Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird on the corners but he grounded out to end the inning (#RISPfail). Both pitchers pitched well until Tanaka gave up a sixth inning home run to Daniel Murphy that made it 2-1. Juan Uribe then added a 2-run home run to make it 4-1 off of Chasen Shreve to secure the game for the Mets. In the eighth, Branden Pinder came in and gave up a triple to Daniel Murphy and a walk to David Wright. James Pazos relieved Pinder but to no avail, as Eric Young Jr., who pinch ran for Murphy, scored on Pazos's wild pitch and made it 5-1. Jeurys Familia came in for the Mets in the ninth. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out after Jacoby Ellsbury's batted ball deflected off of Jeurys Familia. However, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley both failed as Gardner flied out and Headley struck out. Game over and the Mets won 5-1.

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (4-0, 1.80 ERA) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Losing Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka (12-7, 3.38 ERA) - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Tomorrow’s (Saturday, September 19) first pitch is at 1:05 PM ET and will be broadcasted regionally on FOX.

Article by: Bryan Peng
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