New York Yankees Recap: Bronx Bombers lose to the Red Sox, but clinch a playoff berth

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

The New York Yankees went into last night’s finale with the Boston Red Sox with a ten-game winning streak that came to an end last night, when two rookie pitchers faced each other at Fenway Park.  The Yankees have had an up and down season this year.  They started with an 8-1 streak, then lost 15 of the next 20 games. Then they got hot again, and won ten straight.  Last night four Red Sox pitchers limited the Yankees to just three hits.

The Red Sox Tanner Houck, in his second start in the major leagues, held the Yankees to just one hit over six innings, allowing three walks and striking out four.  The Yankees Deivi Garcia took the mound for his fifth start in his young career. From the beginning, it was apparent that Garcia didn’t have it.  All of his pitches were off, and the Red Sox took advantage over it. If it was any other park, he might have held down the Sox, but the Sox took advance of the “Green Monster,” scoring doubles that might have been caught in a different venue.

Garcia, who was coming off two wins, lasted only three innings, giving up 8 hits and two homers. Meanwhile, Tanner Houch was holding the Yankees down, he pitched a brilliant six innings. Luis Cessa came in relief of Garcia and pitch two scoreless innings. Jonathan Holder, who is usually dependable, gave up another three runs to the Red Sox in two innings, without striking out a single Red Sox hitter.  At this point the Red Sox were so far ahead (9-1) New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone sent catcher Erik Kratz out to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning, he gave up an additonal run for the Red Sox 10-2 win, and the end of the Yankees winning streak.

The winning pitcher was Tanner Houch and the loser was Deivi Garcia. To be fair the Yankees had a bit of bad luck in the game. They did hit the ball, but every time they did, they hit it to a Sox player. Also  the Red Sox had some very good defensive plays, keeping the Yankees off the bases.  As a side note, Gary Sanchez was hit in the neck, that caused him to bleed, but after some care from the Yankee trainer, remained in the game.

There were a few positives, the Yankees did take the series from the Red Sox, winning two of the three games. Luke Voit hit his 21st home run in the game, leading all of baseball. Today the Yankees start a four game series against the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo. After that series they will come back to the Stadium in the Bronx for a three game set against Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins, to end the season.

The New York Yankees entered the game last night with the magic number being just one. They couldn’t do it on their own, but with the Seattle loss yesterday, the Yankees officially clinched their 22nd playoff berth in the past 26 seasons. They are the fifth American League team to clinch a spot in the 2020 postseason.

New York Yankees Previews: Deivi Garcia takes the mound as Yankees go for 11th win in row

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

This afternoon at 1:07 pm, pitching sensation Deivi Garcia will retake the mound for the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, in Boston. The Yankees will be going after their 11th win in a row. New York has beaten Boston 12 straight times dating to last season, tying the Yankees’ longest winning streak in baseball’s most historic rivalry. Tonight the Bronx Bombers will try to create a new record number of consecutive wins against the Red Sox.

Today, even just past the noon hour, the game will be played with an Autumn chill in the air.  The 1:07 start time will see a temperature in the upper ’50s, with a brisk NorthEast wind of about 15mph. The players will get some relief from the chill with bright sunny skies. The game today will be televised on the YES Network, NESN in New England, and nationally on the Turner Broadcast System.

Today the Yankees will face the Boston Sox pitcher Tanner Houck.  Houck is a Red Sox rookie, who just made his major league debut in a game that he pitched strongly, against the Miami Marlins, going five innings of shut out ball while striking out seven Marlins.  Today, he will have his first start at Fenway Park and participate in the most famous baseball rivalry. The pressure on the young man will be immense, as he tries to keep the Yankees from winning a record 13 straight games against his team.  Houck is 1-0 with a  0.00 ERA.  No Yankee has ever faced Houck.

“Ever since I got drafted, it’s been a goal of mine to pitch at Fenway,” Houck said before Saturday night’s 8-0 setback against the New York Yankees. “It’s such a historical park. It’s truly an honor to get the start tomorrow.”

When Houck takes the mound, he will face one of the most powerful and dangerous lineups in baseball.  He will have to duel with the New York Yankees most significant pitching prospect in years, in Deivi Garcia, who, in his short season, has made a statement that he is a pitcher to be contended with. Garcia is coming off two starts that the Yankees won. In both games, hit pitched seven innings while striking out six opponents in both games. The Yankees rookie has a special attachment to Fenway Park. His pitching idol is Pedro Martinez; today, he will take the mound that Martinez used to pitch his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Yankee magic number is one, to clinch a postseason berth. The Yankees started the season 8-1 but then took a dramatic slide winning only 5 of 20 games.  Since then, the Bronx Bombers have come roaring back, including two series sweeps.  The Yankees will hope to make that three sweeps in a row today.  After today, the Yankees will travel back to Buffalo to face the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series. They swept the Jays in their last meeting. After that series, the Yankees will end their regular season back at Yankee Stadium for a three-game set against Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins.

 

New York Yankees Recap: 6 home runs power the Yankees to a 20-6 win over the Jays

New York Yankees, Yankees, Luke voit

Last night at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees took back second place in the East from the Toronto Blue Jays. The not only did they win the game but did it insanely, hitting 6 homers in the game, two of them from Luke Voit, who leads Mike Trout, and Nelson Cruz for the most home runs in baseball (18). Not only did the Yankees retake second place, but they had their sixth win in a row, and are presently playing better ball than the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, in the last ten games.

The New York Yankees starter, Deivi Garcia, pitched brilliantly in his second win over the Blue Jays within a week. Garcia deviated a bit from the first time he faced the Jays by throwing more changeups. Setting the tone for the game, he put down the Jays throwing just nine pitches in the first. He went seven innings again and struck out six again.  He has struck out six again for the fourth straight game.  Ever since his major league debut last month, Garcia has impressed as all business, unflappable, and exuding confidence.

The Yankees had a huge second inning, against the Jays and Taijuan Walker, they made him look silly in the inning.   At the bottom of the frame, the returning Gio Urshela would start it off with a double to far left that hit the wall. Frazier walked, Brett Gardner sent one to the centerfield wall, driving in Urshela to tie the game at one. Tyler Wade stepped to the plate with men on the corners and two outs, singled driving in Frazier. DJ LeMahieu drove in Gardner, Luke Voit with 2 on, hit a long home run into the left field bleachers. Aaron Hicks backed that up with back to back homers, and just like that it was the New York Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 1.

At the bottom of the third inning, with the bases loaded with Yankees, DJ LeMahieu hit a 3 run double clearing the bases for the Yankees 12-1 lead. At the top of the fourth inning, Gurriel Jr got a 2 run homer off of Garcia to shink the Yankee lead, but the Yankees would answer with four more runs in the bottom of the inning, when Gary Sanchez erupted with a three run homer. At the bottom of the sixth, Luke Voit would get his second home run of the night, a solo shot. At the bottom of the seven, with one on base, Clint Frazier got his homer into the right field stands.  DJ LeMahieu also would homer in the inining for the 20-3 lead.

Michael King came on in the eighth to relieve Garcia and walked two, allowed five hits and three earned runs over the last two innings of the game.  Final score, the Yankees 20 and the blue Jays 6.  Deivi Garcia got the win and Taijuan Walker took the loss for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays used six pitchers in the game, Shun Yamaguchi gave up seven runs in the game.

Not everything was rosy for the Yankees, Gleyber Torres was out of last night’s game with a reinjured calf, he is day to day. Giancarlo Stanton in his return to the field remained hitless on the night on four at bats. Also, the Yankees did give up six runs in the outing.

The super bright spots in the game included the show that Gio Urshela put on at third base, making super play after super play.  DJ LeMahieu went 4-6, including a homer while driving in five Yankees. Luke Voit went 2-5 with two homers, and Gio Urshela went 3 for 4 on the night.  Then there of course was the well pitched game by Deivi Garcia, putting him in contention for a spot in the postseason rotation. Garcia has had back to back wins against the Jays, and interesting his next start will be against the same Blue Jays, in Buffalo.

 

New York Yankees: Will Deivi Garcia’s September successes put him in the October mix?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The recent successes of New York Yankees‘ pitching sensation Deivi Garcia have put him in the postseason conversation. Garcia, in his major league debut on August 30th, he pitched six solid innings, striking out 6 Mets, with no earned runs. Although he didn’t get the win, the Yankees did win the game. In his second outing, he hit a bump in the road and gave up four earned runs in the Yankee loss to the Orioles, but he still struck out 6. In his last outing, he was masterful in his first major league win over the Blue Jays. He went seven innings and 95 pitches while striking out six Jays. It was his third consecutive game striking out six opponents.

Tonight he will again face the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth start of his major league debut.  If he wins tonight, he will push the Blue Jays back into third place. In his last game, he mixed up his pitches well, retiring the last 18 of 20 Jays he faced. He was asked if he will change anything after just facing them last week.

“I don’t think so. The plan of attack is based on aggressiveness and being competitive out there, that’s the bottom line, being competitive and able to execute.’’

What impresses onlookers and the Yankee brass is that he is unflappable, and his confidence shines through, no matter what the situation.  For a young 21-year-old, Garcia exhibits the confidence on the mound of a veteran with much more experience. Garcia is getting praise out of the Yankee realm as well. After his major league debut, he received a call from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez of Boston Red Sox fame, congratulating the young man.  Tonight when Garcia takes the mound, he will carry the number 45 emblazoned on his belt (Pedro Martinez’s number).

Garcia, at some point, will most likely talk with Martinez again. Regardless of the confidence Garcia shows on the mound, off the mound, he is a sponge, learning everything he can.

“Every experience is unique, and you learn from those,” Garcia said. “I learn from my teammates. How do they go about their responsibilities on and off the field, the professionalism as baseball players and the preparation? Building a plan to face a team … What goes into that? How do you prepare for that?

“They’re very important for me as a player, just the experience itself and gaining as much as I can.”

With some of the New York Yankee pitching faltering, Deivi Garcia was called up to do the unimaginable for a young pitcher to turn the tides of the Yankees, who had lost the last 15 of 20 games.  He didn’t disappoint; he started the Yankees on their present five-game winning streak. When asked if he would ever be put in this critical situation, just entering the major leagues, he said:

“That has always been in my head and the goal,’’ said Garcia, who pitched at three levels of the Yankees’ system last year. “It did happen fast for me, but at the same time, the preparation and many years of work and continuous preparation has allowed me to feel comfortable here.’’

García signed with the New York Yankees during July of 2015 for a $200k signing bonus. Though he previously played baseball as an infielder and outfielder, the Yankees were determined to have him become a Yankee pitcher, due to his curveball and arm strength. For the next two years, trainers worked with Garcia at the Boca Chica facility. In 2018, García pitched for the Charleston River Dogs and the Tampa Tarpons. He made his final start of 2018 with the Trenton Thunder AA Yankee minor league affiliate as he continued to rocket through the minors.

Following the 2019 season, the Yankees added García to their 40 man roster to protect him from becoming eligible in the Rule 5 draft. García was named minor league pitcher of the year in the Yankees organization in 2019. He made his major league debut for the Yankees on August 30th.

Whether Garcia pitches in this postseason is unknown at this time, It depends on injuries and the return of James Paxton, and if he can be effective after his injury. After tonight, he will most likely face the Blue Jays again, that time will be back in Buffalo. Even if he doesn’t pitch in the postseason, Garcia will have an impact on the Yankees for years to come. His next two starts, could seal the deal, and we will see this young man make his mark in his first postseason play.

Other than Garcia’s start tonight, the Yankees will have more to look forward too.  Gio Urshela, star third baseman, will return to the lineup, putting DJ LeMahieu back at second base. Jonathan Loaisiga will also return tonight, bolstering the bullpen. On the immediate horizon is the return of sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, and the Yankees will be nearly whole again going into the postseason.

 

 

New York Yankees Previews: Yankees host the Blue Jays starting today for 3 game set

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees will host the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 7:05 pm, in a rematch of the Buffalo series last week, but this time at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are coming off a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. In the previous week, the Yankees starting pitching has vastly improved, and the hitting has come alive.  In the last five games, the Yankees have scored 28 runs while holding opponents to just 5 runs.

In the previous five games, the Yankees lost all of them, scoring only 13 runs over the five games. During the lousy stretch from August 18, the Yankees won only 5 games out of 20 played. During such a short season of only 60 games, that stretch was devasting to the Yankees, falling from first in the East to third place, behind both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays.  With the last game win over the Jays and the sweep of the Orioles, the Yankees are now 26-21, just one-half game behind the Blue Jays.

If the New York Yankees can sweep this three-game series with the Jays, they could move up the ladder and be just a game and a half behind the division-leading Rays. If the Rays lose their series with the Washington Nationals, the Yankee could retake the lead in the East.

The game tonight, at Yankee Stadium will be played under sunny and clear skies. If fans were allowed in the stands that would notice an autumn chill in the air as the game-time temperature will be in the mid-’60s. The game will be televised on the YES Network and in Canada on SNET1.

Tonight at the Stadium, pitching sensation Deivi Garcia will take the mound for the Yankees. He is coming off a win against these same Blue Jays last week. In that game, he went seven strong innings, allowing just five hits, allowing two runs, with no walks, while striking out six Jays. Although Garcia pitched well in his previous two games, this last outing was his first major league win. Garcia uses all of his pitches and adjusts to the situation on the fly, with the confidence of a veteran, far beyond his years.

The New York Yankees will face Taijuan Walker, who they looked at just before the trade deadline last month. Walker is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.95. Walker has 36 strikeouts across his eight starts this season. Walker, in his previous outing, won his game but wiggled out of 5 walks in the game against the Yankees.  The dead bats of the Yankees scored only one run off of him. The Yankees hope tonight will be different, now that the team is hitting better.  The Yankees will hope for Garcia to continue to dominate and win this one at the Stadium.

The remaining two games of the Jays series will be on Wednesday and Thursday, pitching will be Gerrit Cole, and Masahiro Tanaka, who are both coming off wins in their last outings.  After the Yankees finish this series, they will face the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, then back with the Jays in Buffalo, ending their season at Yankee Stadium with Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins.

Yankees’ Deivi Garcia turns to Pedro Martinez for advice on how to become great

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

While the Yankees were on a five-game losing streak last week, young starting pitcher Deivi Garcia rose to the occasion and gave them some much-needed support in the pitching department. Currently 1-1 on the year, Garcia has a 3.06 ERA with 18 strikeouts and just two batters walked. He’s allowed six runs over 17.2 innings with a 9.2 S09.

The 21-year-old’s emergence for the Bombers has been perfectly timed, with James Paxton dealing with a flexor strain in his forearm and still a few weeks away. The starting rotation has been inconsistent, but it’s finally starting to gain some ground, and Garcia has been factored into the middle of it. After his first performance in the MLB, in which he lasted 6.0 innings against the New York Mets and allowed just one run, he received praise from the legendary Pedro Martinez.

Some speculated that Garcia’s belt, which bears the number 45, was actually Gerrit Cole’s by mistake. Nonetheless, it is actually in memory of Martinez, who is Garcia’s favorite player of all time.

“We talked after (my first game),” Garcia said Sunday before the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. “That was great. But I have so many different questions I would love to ask him. Like, how do you plan executing? And do you carry that plan over the game? There’s so many different questions I would love to ask.”

Ultimately, learning from Martinez is probably the best thing Deivi can do at such a young age. Gaining more control of his pitches and tweaking his fundamentals to fit his style is the process of becoming a legitimate starter in the MLB. He’s already proven he can pitch at a high level against quality teams, and he will face off against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

“They’re very talented team that I’m facing again,” Garcia said. “For me, it’s a matter of being aggressive and being able to execute my pitches. When you see a lineup like that, you have to not give in and cast the tenacity behind every pitch.”

Soaking in as much information as possible is exactly what he should be doing, and it will ultimately translate next year when the Yankees factor him into their starting rotation. With three starters set to hit the free-agent market in Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and JA Happ (possibly), they will only be gaining back Luis Severino from the injured list. While I estimate they will likely retain Tanaka and let the other two go, they will supplement one of those spots with Garcia.

“Every experience is unique, and you learn from those,” Garcia said. “I learn from my teammates. How do they go about their responsibilities on and off the field, the professionalism as baseball players and the preparation? Building a plan to face a team … What goes into that? How do you prepare for that?

“They’re very important for me as a player, just the experience itself and gaining as much as I can.”

Preparation is a massive part of longevity and success in every professional sport. For a starting pitcher, watching film on his opponent and understanding how to pitch around individuals is exactly the type of process García should be embarking on. Learning as a player and an academic is how people progress from good to great. So far, I would say the young Dominican is well on his way to becoming a successful player in the majors.

The New York Yankees Starting Rotation: 2021 and Beyond

The New York Yankees are looking into Cleveland Indians pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

For the last decade, there have always been questions surrounding the New York Yankees starting rotation. That has been the one flaw in the team that has hindered them from getting over the hump and capturing a 28th World Series championship.

The Yankees made a big step in the right direction signing Gerrit Cole last offseason. Cole has been very good so far this year pitching to a 5-3 record with a 3.20 ERA and striking out 12.1 batters per nine innings. Masahiro Tanaka has been good, but the rest of the rotation has been hit or miss.

Jordan Montgomery hasn’t been sensational so far. The Yankees have had solid outings from J.A. Happ, but the bombers are hoping he’s not part of their 2021 plans given his optional salary. The Yankees have had one pleasant surprise this year, and that’s been Deivi Garcia.

I started thinking about the Yankees beyond this odd COVID season. What is the Yankees rotation going to look like beyond this year, and what are the Yankees going to do this offseason to address the starting pitching? Let’s take a dive into the options.

The Yankees Internal Options

Realistically there is only one guarantee for the Yankees rotation to start the season and that’s Gerrit Cole. Luis Severino will of course be a part of the rotation, but we really don’t know when he will return from his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

I would think that the Yankees would be willing to give Domingo German a spot in the rotation. Last year’s 18 game winner was suspended for the shortened season due to a Domestic Violence case. If those three are in, that leaves questions around the other two spots.

Deivi Garcia sure looks like he deserves a full-time spot in the rotation. The 21 year old has looked sensational through three starts for the Yankees pitching to a 3.06 ERA. However, given the small sample size, his spot isn’t guaranteed.

Jordan Montgomery could get one of the final two spots, but his inconsistent performances could give the Yankees pause. Clarke Schmidt is another option, but he was never given an actual look in the starting rotation, so I’m not convinced they’d go with him.

As things stand, the Yankees could go into the 2021 season without doing a thing and they could field a starting five if Severino is ready to start the year which might be unlikely. If Severino isn’t ready, the Yankees could give Schmidt a chance or look at the starting pitching market.

Options in the Market

The Yankees do have a few starting pitchers that will be hitting the free agent market. The Yankees will do what they can to make sure J.A. Happ’s option doesn’t vest while James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka are both set to become free agents after the year.

If the Yankees were to sign someone in the market, the likely signing would be retaining Masahiro Tanaka. While resigning Tanaka would certainly not be the sexy option for fans, this will probably be the most likely avenue GM Brian Cashman goes down.

If I were running things, I would take a shot at Trevor Bauer. Bauer is having a career year for the Reds. How nice would it be to pair him and Gerrit Cole? Yes there’s personal friction, but money and championships talk.

The Yankees could also look at retaining Paxton, but given the injury concerns, this likely won’t be an option unless they get him dirt cheap. The Yankees could also explore the trade market, but with Cashman’s history, this is also unlikely because of his unwillingness to deal top prospects.

There are plenty of avenues the team can go down to finish off the rotation next year. I would caution fans to not dream of a Bauer scenario. Instead, prepare yourselves for more of a underwhelming offseason like retaining Masahiro Tanaka.

If the playoffs started today, who would start game 3 for the New York Yankees?

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

After an extremely rough and depressing stretch, the New York Yankees finally look like themselves again. The bombers have won four straight games to pull within a half game of the second place Toronto Blue Jays.

A week ago, people were starting to wonder if the Yankees would even make the playoffs. Now, everything is starting to click for the Yankees from their hitting to their starting pitching and bullpen. Now, I’m starting to think about the playoffs and this Yankees rotation.

For the Yankees, the first two games are relatively easy choices. Gerrit Cole would obviously get the ball in game one, and likely Tanaka would get the ball in game two. However, game three isn’t very clear. Who would the Yankees start in a game 3 in the playoffs this year?

The Yankees Options?

Fortunately, the Yankees do have a few options for a third playoff game. If they were in a be in a do or die game three in the wild card round, Aaron Boone has three guys that he could look to for a solid start. None would probably give the Yankees fan base an extreme amount of confidence.

J.A. Happ

The first option would be the veteran lefty J.A. Happ. Happ has started six games this year for the Yankees and he’s pitched to a 1-2 record with a 4.31 ERA. Now, he has been much better over his last four starts. Happ has pitched to a 2.59 ERA since his August 16th start.

While Yankees fans aren’t extremely comfortable with Happ, he honestly might be the safest choice. He’s pitched in the playoffs, and when he’s on, you know what he’s going to give you. Given the experience, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Happ get the ball.

Jordan Montgomery

The next option would be the big lefty, Jordan Montgomery. There were high expectations for Montgomery entering the season given what he did as a rookie, but he’s seen a mixed bag of results so far in his 2020 campaign for the Yankees.

Montgomery has pitched to a 2-2 record with a 4.76 ERA in eight starts this year. Montgomery looked really good yesterday against the Orioles, but this comes just two starts after he couldn’t get out of the first against the Rays. Montgomery is a solid pitcher, but I’m not sure I’d trust him with the ball in a game 3.

Deivi Garcia

The final option for the Yankees would be the rookie, Deivi Garcia. I can honestly say that Garcia has far surpassed my expectations in his first three starts, Garcia has pitched to a 1-1 record with a 3.06 ERA.

His last start blew me away. With the Yankees sputtering, Garcia went out and pitched seven strong innings against the Blue Jays leading the Yankees to a win that snapped their losing streak. Garcia has proven that he belongs in the rotation. Would Boone give him the ball in a game 3 is the question.

The Yankees Decision?

I think that ultimately we are going to need to watch how these three pitch the rest of the season. If things ended today, I think that the Yankees would probably lean towards a rotation of Cole-Tanaka-Happ in the playoffs. While many would love to see Garcia get that start, I think Boone values the experience of Happ.

The New York Yankees have one secret weapon who could save the day

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees are on a three-game winning streak, following a five-game losing streak that ended with three consecutive losses against the Baltimore Orioles. However, the Yankees got their revenge on Friday, sweeping Baltimore and a doubleheader with Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka on the mound.

Luckily, their offense sparked and was able to push them to victory. A change in mentality and boost in confidence can do that for a team, and it seems as if that was all they needed to snap out of their funk.

During the cold streak, the Yankees watched one of their young starters emerge as a regular option in the rotation. Pitcher Deivi Garcia, who is only 21 years old and spent 2019 in the minor league systems, performed well while the rest of the team struggled.

In Garcia’s last start against the Toronto Blue Jays, he lasted seven innings and allowed just two runs. On the year, Garcia is currently hosting a 3.06 ERA with 18 strikeouts. His emergence for the Yankees has been a blessing in disguise, and his influence during the postseason could be massive.

The New York Yankees are open to activating Deivi Garcia in the playoffs:

Via a Zoom interview, Aaron Boone said Garcia is “certainly putting his name in the conversation” about the postseason. “We’ll see in the next 2-3 weeks where we are.”

“I know he wouldn’t flinch at the opportunity,” Boone said when asked if Garcia could handle a critical October start. “I’m totally confident in him. He can handle any situation you throw him in.”

At the trade deadline in August, GM Brian Cashman was fielding requests to trade Garcia, and some pretty notable names were included. However, electing to keep him instilled confidence in the youngster, who subsequently went on to provide three impressive starts.

With James Paxton still dealing with a forearm flexor strain, Garcia will be relied on moving forward. He may remain in the rotation during the postseason, and if he continues to pitch the way he has, there is no question Boone will need him active.

When the Bombers get back Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton next weekend, they will have a majority of their offensive weapons available. This will provide them with plenty of run support to help their young pitcher and the rest of the starting rotation. The team has been awful in almost every category, but they are headed in the right direction and will hopefully sneak into the playoffs after two consecutive wins against the Orioles on Friday.

The biggest start of Gerrit Cole’s Yankees career comes tonight

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

When the New York Yankees agreed to a record deal with star pitcher Gerrit Cole back in December, expectations were set astronomically high for the right hander’s first year in pinstripes. Granted, Cole had been arguably the best pitcher in the AL over the last two years.

The Yankees were craving a World Series title, having gone their first decade without a championship since the early 1900’s. Cole was seen as the missing piece that would put the Yankees over the top and bring a title back to the Bronx.

Well, so far it hasn’t been smooth sailing. While Cole has shown flashes of his dominant self, he’s struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark. He’s allowed a MLB leading 13 home runs in just nine starts this year.

Overall, Cole’s numbers are not terrible as he’s pitched to a 4-3 record with a 3.63 ERA and a WHIP of 1.096. Still, we have yet to really see that signature Yankees moment for Gerrit Cole. He has his chance tonight.

Inside Cole’s Crucial Yankees Start

Over the past month, the Yankees have been horrendous. They’ve gone from a first place team to a team that was on the verge of falling to fourth. The team hot on their trail is the Baltimore Orioles, who come to the Bronx tonight.

Cole’s last start came against the Orioles where he looked sensational for five innings. However, he completely hit a wall in the sixth and the Orioles plated five runs. Cole has his chance to get this one back for the Yankees.

After losing five straight, the Yankees finally beat the Blue Jays last night. It was a complete win as the offense looked good, Deivi Garcia looked good, and the bullpen looked good. It felt like it could be a turning moment for the Yankees.

Tonight needs to be the night the Yankees keep it going. They have Cole on the mound, and it’s the biggest start of his young Yankees career. He needs to come out and dominate so the bombers can keep the ball rolling. Perhaps a hot streak could be right around the corner.