Game 65: Nova vs. Bettis

When I first started preparing this game thread, I was dead-set on making a joke about the Yankees having their largest offensive outburst in eons, yet failing to win. And then I remember that they scored 12 runs against the Angels a week ago, and 8 runs against the Orioles a few days before that. The Yankees have averaged a shade over 4.9 runs per game in June, including 5-plus runs in 8 of 13 games. That's not too shabby. Of course, they've been held to 0 or 1 run four times this month, so it's a bit of a feast or famine situation.

Today's game is scheduled to begin at 3:10 pm. It's sunny and in the low 90s in Colorado right now, so it'll be a hot one. Here's this afternoon's lineup:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Brett Gardner, LF
  3. Starlin Castro, 2B
  4. Chase Headley, 3B
  5. Didi Gregorius, SS
  6. Aaron Hicks, RF
  7. Ike Davis, 1B
  8. Austin Romine, C
  9. Ivan Nova, P

It's somewhat incredible to see Headley and his .245/.318/.335 slash line batting cleanup. I know that the lineup is short-handed, and his bat did perk up a bit in May - but he's hitting .273/.319/.386 (90 wRC+) in June. Giving Brian McCann a breather in a day game following a night game makes perfect sense, but having him, Alex Rodriguez, and Carlos Beltran out at the same time makes for a fairly unimpressive lineup.