Matt Holliday didn’t get a single plate appearance in the ALDS or the Wild Card Game. Makes sense given that he hit .179/.225/.300 in 151 second half plate appearances. He’s going to see action tonight, however, as Joe Girardi has named him his DH for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros. He’ll bat eighth.
The rationale, one assumes, is that Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley have also struggled — neither got a hit in the ALDS — so why not see if the nearly two weeks off for Holliday freshened him up a bit.
The entire Yankees lineup:
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B
8. Matt Holliday (R) DH
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.