The New York Yankees dropped the series finale against Cleveland 7-3 on Sunday. Jameson Taillon, the starter for the Bombers, had pitched three scoreless innings to open the game, but things started to unravel in the fourth frame.
The Yankeesâ€™ hurler threw 36 pitches in that fourth frame, in which Cleveland scored four runs. Three hits produced a run, capped by an Amed Rosario single. But it was Franmil Reyesâ€™ three-run bomb the one that ruined Taillonâ€™s outing.
He left a 94 mph fastball in the fat zone of the plate, and Reyes, a known slugger, didnâ€™t miss.
â€œThose are the tough ones to swallow,â€ Taillon told MLB.com after the game. â€œI thought I threw the ball really well, but this is a results league. You get to two strikes, and you’re giving up two-strike hits; that’s all it takes to win a game. Today was a streak of three or four hitters that ruined our chances at a win, so it happens quick.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ righty has pitched better than his ERA suggests
After Sundayâ€™s home run, Taillon has a 6.23 ERA so far in his first season with the Yankees, but it comes with much better underlying run-prevention metrics: his expected ERA is 2.94, his FIP is 4.19, and his expected FIP is 3.79.
Of course, we are talking about a 17.1 inning sample, but the most worrying stat in Taillonâ€™s profile is his career-high 2.08 home runs allowed per nine innings. To lower his ERA, he will need to start suppressing the long ball.
His 0/6 BB/K ratio on Sunday (2/21 for the season) is a sign of better days ahead.
â€œI actually thought he finished strong today; I thought the stuff was good throughout,â€ Yankeesâ€™ manager Aaron Boone said. â€œOf the four starts, two have been really strong. Today was a little bit unfortunate, and really one mistake to Reyes that hurt.â€