Game 96: Simon v. McCarthy

Yesterday was the sort of game that the Yankees had to have been expecting when they invested over $280 MM in Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran. The three combined to go 5-for-12 with a run scored, two doubles, a home run, 4 RBI, and 2 stolen bases as the Yankees took the series opener against the Reds. And, for good measure, David Phelps chipped in another solid quality start, and Dellin Betances and David Robertson held the Reds to one base-runner over the last 2.2 innings. It was, in short, a great start to the second half. And, in even better news, the Yankees are not interested in the newly free Dan Uggla. He seemed to fit the Vernon Wells/Alfonso Soriano mold of cheap right-handed power that the team has craved in recent years (despite being significantly worse than both), and many thought he was destined for pinstripes. This is a non-move that everyone should be happy with.

Cincinnati Reds New York Yankees
Billy Hamilton, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Zack Cozart, SS Derek Jeter, SS
Todd Frazier, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jay Bruce, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Devin Mesoraco, C Brian McCann, C
Brayan Pena, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH
Chris Heisey, LF Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Donald Lutz, DH Brian Roberts, 2B
Kristopher Negron, 2B Kelly Johnson, 3B
Alfredo Simon, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP