With each game, the New York Yankees lose, each series because more critical that they take that series as they have slipped to fourth place in the AL East, 8 1/2 games behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Rays. So far in the season that is only 16 games away from being halfway completed, the Yankees have been unable to dominate any of its rivals except for the Baltimore Orioles. Starting tomorrow, the Yankees will meet up with the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo. The hard-hitting Blue Jays are another team the Yankees must beat.
The Yankees have been playing very poor baseball in recent games with the hitting, base running, and pitching failing. Manager Boone is getting tired of reporters’ questions about why the team that was supposed to be the team to beat at the beginning of the season is performing so badly.
“We’re going to find out what kind of character we’re made of,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re clearly in the midst of incredibly tough times. We’ve faced it throughout this season. And we’re going to find out what we’re made of and what kind of team we are. We need to step it up, period.”
As of this writing, the Blue Jays have not announced any of their starting pitchers for the 3 game series. The Yankees will likely face three of these starters. Hyun Jin Ryu 5-4 ERA 3.34, Steven Matz 7-3 ERA 4.26, Robbie Ray 4-2 ERA 2.45, or Ross Stripling 2-3 4.91.
Tuesday, June 15, 7:07 pm:
Jordan Montgomery will likely face Hyun Jin Ryu. “Monty” is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.99 with 65 strikeouts. He is coming off a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins. He allowed three runs in the game and went 5 1/3 innings. He last faced the Blue Jays on May 27th. He allowed three runs in that no-decision game, going 4 2/3 innings. The New York Yankees have won 9 of Montgomery’s 12 starts this season.
Wednesday, June 16, 7:07 pm:
The Yankees will have their best chance of winning a game in this series on Wednesday when the Yankees have their ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. Even if the conversation ahead of his last outing on June 9th was him allegedly using grip enchancers, Cole showed showed the baseball world his stuff. He struck out the accuser Josh Donaldson twice in the game. He struck out nine allowing only two hits. Going into this fourth start against the Jays he is 7-3 and ERA of 2.31 and an amazing 113 strikeouts.
Thursday, June 17th, 7:07 pm:
Michael King will start the last game of the series against the Blue Jays. He is 0-3 with an ERA of 3.77 and still looking for his first win after being called up to replace the ailing Corey Kluber. So far he has gotten two losses allowing 8 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and the Boston Red Sox. It should be noted that he got no run support in those losses. All three games will be televised on SNET in Canada and the YES Network, Thursday game will also be on MLBN out of market.