New York Yankees Recap: Yankees get to the wild card in dramatic fashion

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees entered today’s last game of the season at Yankee Stadium with the hope of salvaging a game from the Tampa Bay Rays and holding onto a berth in the wild card one game winner takes all. But, unfortunately, the Yankees lost the first two games of the series and had a really embarrassing loss yesterday. So, in this final game of the regular season, the Yankees sent out Jameson Taillon to win against the Rays’ Michael Wacha. In a non-scoring game, the Yankees won it in the bottom of the ninth on a Judge hit that scored Tyler Wade from third for the 1 to nothing score putting them into the postseason.

Brandon Lowe led off yesterday’s game with a home run, another in the 3rd, and yet another in the seventh lead off today’s game against Taillon and flew out to second. Randy Arozarena popped out to Urshela in short. Wander Franco ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres against Wacha ground out up the middle. Anthony Rizzo got hit by a pitch. Aaron Judge ground out into a double play to end the scoreless inning.

The second inning was led off by Austin Meadows ground out. Ji-Man Choi ground out to the right side. Mike Zunino popped out to the infield to end the half. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by grounding out. Joey Gallo flew out to left field. Gio Urshela ground out to complete a quick inning for both pitchers. No score.

At the top of the third, Joey Wendle struck out looking. Kevin Kiermaier walked. Lowe singled to left, with Keirmaier making it to third base. Arozarena, with two on and one out, struck out when he couldn’t hold up. Franco flew out to Gallo in left for three shut-out innings for Taillon. The bottom was led off by Gardner, who ground out to second. Sanchez struck off swinging. Odor lined out to first. No score.

Nelson Cruz led the fourth inning with Taillon still on the ground out, but Taillon was taken out in favor of Wandy Peralta facing Meadows, who doubled down the left-field line. Choi walked. With two on and one out, Zunino singled to third, but the lead runner was called out at third. Then with two on and two outs, Wendle at the plate runners advanced on a wild pitch. Wendle ground out to Torres for the final out. Torres led off the bottom by singling up the middle. Rizzo flew out to a sliding Meadows. Judge with one on and one out struck out swinging. Stanton flew out to right to end the inning. No score after four.

Kevin Kiermaier led off the fifth by striking out swinging. Then, Lowe struck out swinging, and that was the day for Peralta. Clay Holmes came in to face Arozarena, who with two out and no one on base struck out as Yankee pitching struck out the side. At the bottom, Joey Gallo led off and walked for his 111th walk of the season. Urshela ground into a double play wasting Gallo’s walk. Gardner flew out to left field, making it five scoreless innings.

The sixth inning was led off by Franco against Holmes and popped out to Torres at second. Cruz ground out to third and spun and got the out. Austin Meadows faced the new Yankee pitcher Chad Green and popped up, in a long run by Urshela, he caught the ball going headfirst into the Rays dugout with no regard for his body, it was a spectacular play; he was injured, he slowly made his way to the Yankee dugout on his own power, and Yankee fans showered him with applause. At the bottom, Sanchez struck out swinging. Odor struck out. Torres, with no one on and two outs, battled through nine pitches for a walk. Rizzo flew out for a blank scoreboard after six.

Amazingly at the top of the seventh, Urshela was back out on the field after crashing into the dugout in the sixth. Ji-Man Choi led off and doubled in front of Judge in right. Zunino struck out. Wendle lined out to Judge. Kiermaier walked. Lowe faced new pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga and popped out to Odor to end the half. At the bottom, Aaron Judge led off and hit a soft ground ball out to second. Stanton popped out to the infield. Gallo struck out for yet another scoreless inning.

The eighth Arozarena got an infield single when Sanchez couldn’t get the ball. Arozarena stole second. Franco flew out to Gallo, but Arozarena got to third, avoiding the tag out. Cruz struck out swinging. Meadows flew out to Judge in right. Urshela led off the bottom by grounding out against former Yankee David Robertson. Gardner popped out to short center. Sanchez flew out to left. No score after eitght.

Still, with no score, Ji-Man Choi led off and struck out on a Chapman slider. Zunino lined out to Gallo in left. Wendle walked. Wendle stole second. Manuel Magot pinch hit for Kiermaier and struck out swinging. At the bottom of the ninth, Odor led off and singled up the middle. He was pinch-run by Tyler Wade. Gleyber Torres flew out to right with Wade going to second. Anthony Rizzo singled with Wade going to third and Rizzo going to second on the throw. With Aaron Judge coming up, the Rays went to Kittredge. Judge hit with two on and one out, scoring Wade as the Yankees go to the wild card game.

The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman, and the loser was Josh Fleming. The final score was the New York Yankees 1 and the Tampa Bay Rays 0.




New York Yankees: Takeaways from a terrible day in the Bronx

There really is no other way to put it; the New York Yankees were a mess yesterday in one of the most embarrassing losses of the season at one of the most convenient times. They didn’t pitch well, didn’t hit, and in one of the most visible gaffs, Gleyber Torres only jogged to first base when he should have run for his life. At the end of the day, the Tampa Bay Rays scored 12 runs off the boys from the Bronx that only scored two.

Montgomery gets booed off the field

One of the New York Yankees’ most dependable pitchers this season couldn’t escape the scorn of Yankee fans as he was booed off the field after he gave up seven earned runs. Manager Boone should have been likewise booed for leaving Montgomery on the mound when it was apparent he didn’t have it. He knew the pitches he should throw, but by his own admission after the game, he couldn’t execute them. To add insult to injury, the bullpen wasn’t any better.

Big guys again forgot to load the bullets

Superstars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton that have won so many games for the Yankees, were missing in action for the second night in a row. The Yankees lost their game on Friday night and again yesterday afternoon. A big part of the reason. The dynamic duo just couldn’t hit the ball. Judge got one hit yesterday, and Stanton got none. The rest of the team accounted for just three more hits compared to the Rays 19 off of Yankee pitching.

Bullpen fails miserably

If Jordan Montgomery’s performance wasn’t bad enough, the bullpen was even worse. The trio of Lucas Luetge, Michael King, and Joely Rodriguez combined for giving up thirteen hits and five more runs. It was the most hits given up by the Yankees all season long. The bullpen is obviously tired from being overused most of the season. Although the Yankees looked for length from Montgomery yesterday, the bullpen had to be used to get the last 21 outs of the game.

Wild card standings

As of this morning, the New York Yankees are still in the wild card game, but with the second loss in a row yesterday, they no longer have the home-field advantage. If the season ended with this writing, the Yankees would have to play the wild card game at Fenway Park. At the start of the week, the Yankees looked to have a lock on home-field advantage, but that is now gone. But it could get even worse.

Should the New York Yankees and the Red Sox lose today, the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners. win, there will be a four-way tie causing complete chaos at the end of the season. That is unlikely, but it is possible. The bottom line is that the Yankees are in control and must win today’s game. They have no control of the other scores today. By seven o’clock tonight, the picture will be much more apparent. If playoff games are required on both Monday and Tuesday, the whole postseason schedule will be pushed back.

Should there be a 4-way tie, here’s how it would break down. The clubs involved would receive designations based on winning percentage and assigned A, B, and C. Should clubs have identical winning percentages, then the head-to-head season records would come into play. Club A would host Club B, and Club C would host Club D. The winners of each game would be declared the Wild Card Clubs.

Note: Today’s New York Yankee game will be the season’s finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankees Stadium at 3:05 pm EDT. As of late last night, Jameson Taillon will be taking the mound for the Yankees against the Rays Michael Wacha. With such a critical game at stake, if the Yankees don’t win today, the big question will be why manager Boone didn’t use his best pitcher to avoid a playoff. But it won’t be surprising as Boone has worried about the future over winning today’s game all season long.

Yankees’ haven’t ruled out Taillon for Sunday’s series finale

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

New York Yankees‘ starter Jameson Taillon, who had to leave his last start on Tuesday after re-aggravating an ankle injury suffered in early September, is still “very much in play” to pitch in some capacity during Sunday’s season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Taillon, who is 29 years old, completed a successful bullpen session on Friday, right before the game against the Rays, at Yankee Stadium. According to Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone, he “threw really well.”

“He was sharp,” Boone said, according to NJ Advance Media. “He looks really good. He feels really good. Most importantly, his arm and everything is good. But the ankle is responding. There’s no favoring. He’s letting it rip. His mechanics are really sound. I would have to say the bullpen he just threw was very encouraging.”

Will the Yankees use Taillon this weekend?

Taillon only pitched 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday before leaving the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Is there a chance we see him on Sunday before the regular season expires? That would depend on many things ranging from the game flow to how he feels, but Boone seems open to the idea.

“I think that’s very much in play, yes,” Boone said.

The Yankees’ starter, who came via trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, originally hit the injured list on September 9, and was diagnosed with a partial tear of a tendon in his right ankle. He made one rehab start at Triple-A before Tuesday’s outing, when he had to leave because of discomfort in the area.

Sunday would be Taillon’s day to pitch, but it remains to be seen if the Yankees need him. If they can clinch both the Wild Card berth and the home-field advantage for the game, it’s likely that they will just hold him back until the risk of re-aggravation is significantly diminished. However, if the Bombers get to Sunday needing a win, he could be an option for Boone.

Yankees News, 9/29: One player who has brought the Bombers back to life, Judge, Taillon injuries

yankees, giancarlo stanton

The New York Yankees are making waves in the Wild Card ever since adopting a pet turtle named Bronxie. With the turtle roaming the clubhouse and sparking confidence within the Yankee players, they have been unstoppable as of late. With the post-season in mind, the Yankees have taken a healthy two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the first place spot in the WC. Just last week, they were sitting below the Wild Card, and now they lead with a cushion as the Red Sox fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

The Yankees have five games left in the regular season, but they aren’t out of the woods yet as Boston or Seattle could go on a winning streak. Boston is finishing up a series against Baltimore with two more games, having lost their last four contests; Boston is playing themselves right out of the playoffs.

However, a big reason the Yankees are playing well is slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has been an absolute menace at the plate lately. Over his last five games, Stanton has recorded 10 hits over 28 bats, including four homers and 13 RBIs. His performance hasn’t been against lowly teams either, taking on Boston, Toronto, and Texas.

“We’re playing for keeps, we’re playing for a lot, and I think G is embodying that right now,” manager Aaron Boone said.

“Like I say all the time, he’s a unicorn,” Boone said of Stanton. “We just kind of shake our heads sometimes.”

Even Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoya was taken aback by Stanton’s three-run blast in the 7-2 victory over Toronto on Tuesday.

“I don’t know how you can hit a ball like that,” Montoyo said. “That ball was almost in the dirt, and he went and hit it out.”

The Yankees have also relied on another slugger, Aaron Judge, who hosts a .287 average this season. He recorded two hits and two RBIs in the victory but has been dealing with a slight injury, dislocating his pinky over the weekend.

“I felt like it was going to be OK,” Boone said, “but to see him go out and have immediate success and hit the ball like he did, that was certainly encouraging.”

Aside from Judge, starting pitcher, Jameson Taillon re-aggravated his ankle injury after pitching just 2.1 innings on Tuesday. He was replaced by Michael King, who gave up two hits and one run over 2.2 innings pitched. The bullpen was solid, helping get the Bombers out of any trouble, but Taillon leaving the game is undoubtedly a big problem with the postseason just around the bend.

“I could tell right away that he had re-aggaravated it,” Boone said of Taillon. “It was a quick decision for me to get him out of there.”

Hopefully, the Yankees can get some of the more prominent players healthy in the coming days, as Luis Severino has been working his way back diligently from consistent injuries over the past two years. He pitched one inning in the win, striking out one batter and not allowing a hit. Severino has looked solid so far, so if he continues to impress, he could earn a start down the road.

New York Yankees 9/29: 4 takeaways from the Yankee win over the Blue Jays

The New York Yankees were in Toronto, Canada, last night for the first game of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series that may decide if they go to the postseason or not. The Yankees miraculously swept the Red Sox in a three-game series with their rival. The Yankees have won their lasts six games in a row. Coincidentally ever since Nestor Cortes Jr. bought the Yankees a pet turtle that they named “Bonxie” the Yankees have won. Bronxie or more likely Anthony Rizzo,  Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela led the Yankees to their seventh win in a row. The score was the Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2.

Bad luck for Taillon, but Michael King picks him up

Jameson Taillon has been rehabbing from a strained tendon in his ankle for 22 days missing four of his normal starts. The ankle problem affected his delivery and ability to pitch effectively. But last night, he made his return off the IL to pitch game one of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays in this crucial run for the postseason. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for the righty. At the bottom of the third inning, Danny Jansen struck out looking. But after that out, Taillon signaled the medical staff and left the game apparently with another ankle problem. Michael King came into the game to replace him.

So far this morning, the status of that injury is unknown, other than they know he reinjured it. It’s a bad break for Taillon because this late in the season, it has probably ended his pitching for the rest of the season, and should the Yankees reach the postseason. Taillon had so been looking forward to pitching in the postseason.

The Yankee bullpen is stellar

When Jameson Taillon left the game, apparently reinjuring his ankle Michael King was called in to replace him. King pitched the end of the third inning, the fourth and fifth allowing only an additional run. Clay Holmes, Chad Green, and Luis Severino combined for three scoreless innings. At the bottom of the ninth inning, in a non save situation, Wandy Peralta came in to close out the win.

At this point in the season, the New York Yankees need the bullpen to be good if they hope to play in the postseason. The bullpen was stellar, giving up just one run in 6.1 innings. Most encouraging was the close by Peralta. Also, it seems that in recent games, when Chapman pitched, his confidence seemed to be back, and his dominance resurrected. Yankee pitching only allowed 3 hits in the game.

Is there any stopping Giancarlo Stanton?

Obviously, Giancarlo Stanton will not keep hitting a home run in every game, but his August and September had been nothing short of amazing. His recent run can only be described as both shocking and fantastic. Stanton has now hit a home run in every one of his last four games in a row. That has seldom been done in baseball. The only Yankees to hit four or more home runs in consecutive games are Babe Ruth (1930), Lou Gehrig (1931) Joe DiMaggio (1937), Yogi Berra (1956), Roger Maris (1961), Don Mattingly (1987), and Alex Rodriguez (2007). That is some Yankee royalty to join and  Stanton may not be done; he hit 6 straight in 2017 with the Marlins.

In the top of the fifth inning, Anthony Rizzo put the New York Yankees ahead 3-2 with a single driving in Gio Urshela; it would be a lead that the Yankees would not relinquish. Then in the top of the seventh, Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate with two on and crushed one into the second deck of left field at Roger’s Center. It was his fourth homer in four games for Stanton, making him hitting .500, 8 for 16 with 13 RBIs over the span. Stanton also doubled in the game.

Aaron Judge in the third inning also homered for his 37th of the season. When both Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, the Yankees are 17-1. Gio Urshela tacked on a homer of his own at the top of the ninth.

The Yankees advance in the wild card race

With the Yankee win, the Red Sox loss last night, the Yankees are now two games ahead of the Red Sox for the coveted home-field advantage in the one-game winner takes all contest. But there is a new wrinkle to be considered. Well, not really I have been reporting on it for the last ten days. The Seattle Mariners have been creeping up in the standings. With their win last night, they are now just a half-game behind the Boston Red Sox.

While the Red Sox have gone 6-4 in their last ten games, the Mariners have gone 9-1. The Yankees in the same period have gone 8-2 and have won their last seven in a row. With the loss last night, the Toronto Blue Jays are now one half-game behind the Mariners, with two more games against the Yankees.

Notes: Tonight, Yankee ace Gerrit Cole looking for his 17th win of the season, will face Jose Berrios in game two of the Toronto series. Corey Kluber will face Toronto co-ace Robbie Ray in the finale. Tonight’s game will be televised on SNET in Canada, WPIX and its affiliates in the New York area, and ESPN out of market only.



New York Yankees Recap: Giancarlo Stanton can’t be stopped as Yankees win against the Jays

The New York Yankees were in Toronto, Canada, tonight for the first game of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series that may decide if they go to the postseason or not. The Yankees miraculously swept the Red Sox in a three-game series with their rival. The Yankees have won their lasts six games in a row. Coincidentally ever since Nestor Cortes Jr. bought the Yankees a pet turtle that they named “Bonxie” the Yankees have won. Bronxie or more likely Giancarlo Stanton led the Yankees to their seventh win in a row. The score was the Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2.

Bronxie accompanied the team to the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park and was with them tonight at Roger’s Center in Canada. It may be superstition, but the Yankees players hoped that Bronxie would give them the same luck they had at Fenway Park. Whatever the case, the Yankees had to play their best to beat the Blue Jays co-ace Hyun Jin Ryu. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees in his return from the IL due to an ankle injury. Unfortunately, the ankle caused him to leave the game early, possibly ending his season.

Ryu had to face DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees, who ground out to short. Anthony Rizzo singled up the middle. Aaron Judge doubled to right, with Rizzo going to third. Giancarlo, the Red Sox hero, tipped into the catcher’s glove for the second out. Joey Gallo popped out to the infield to allow Ryu to get in and out of trouble. In the bottom with Jameson Taillon on the mound, George Springer led off and walked on four straight balls from Taillon. Springer stole second. Marcus Semien struck out, Vlad Guerrero flew out to center. Bo Bichette singled driving in Springer as the Blue Jays got on the board first. Bichette then stole second. Teoscar Hernandez flew out to Judge in right to end the inning. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The second inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who flew out to right. Gary Sanchez singled through the shift in left. Brett Gardner hit into a force out with Sanchez out. Gio Urshela went down swinging to end the half. At the bottom, Lourdes Gurriel led off and ground out to third. Cory Dickerson flew out to Judge right in front of the wall in right field. Santiago Espinal flew out to Gallo in left for the 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The top of the lineup for the Yankees led off for the Yankees in the top of the third. LeMahieu flew out to center. Rizzo lined out to Bichette at short. Judge with nobody on and two outs hit a homer over the right-field wall. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to end the inning, but the Yankees tied the game up with Judge’s home run. At the bottom, Danny Jansen struck out looking. But after that out, Taillon left the game apparently with another ankle problem. Michael King took over for Taillon. King faced Springer, who went down on strikes. Semien walked. Guerrero ground out to first to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Blue Jays 1.

Joey Gallo led off the fourth inning and popped out to left. Torres was called out on strikes. Sanchez flew out to far left to end the half. Bichette led off the bottom by singling in front of Gallo in left. Hernandez ground out to Torres, but Bichette made it to second. Gurriel ground out to short, with Bichette advancing to third. Dickerson got an RBI double down the right-field line scoring Bichette for the Jays lead. Espinal flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning, but the Blue Jays regained the one-run lead.  Blue Jays 2 Yankees 1.

The fifth inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who ground out into the shift. Urshela singled to right field. LeMahieu worked a walk. Rizzo singled, driving in the tying run as Urshela scored. Judge faced the new pitcher Adam Cimber and got a sac fly scoring LeMahieu for the Yankee first lead in the game. Stanton ground out to short, but the Yankees picked up a run. At the bottom, Jansen, with King still on the mound, ground out to first. Springer flew out to Judge. Semien flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning. New York Yankees 3 Blue Jays 2.

The sixth inning was led off by Gallo facing new pitcher Nate Pearson and stuck out. Torres ground out up the middle. Sanchez walked. Gardner, with one on and two outs, went down on a 100mph fastball. At the bottom, Guerrero facing new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes walked. Bichette ground into a force out. A wild pitch from Holmes allowed Bichette to get to second. Another pitch that got away from Sanchez, but firing to third, he got Bichette trying to reach. Hernandez walked. Another wild pitched allowed Guerrero to go to second. Gurriel struck out to end the inning.  New York Yankees 3 Yankees 2.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh inning against new pitcher Trevor Richards and flew out to right field. LeMahieu singled to right. Rizzo popped out to right-center. Judge walked, moving LeMahieu to second. Stanton, with two outs and two on, hit a monster home run driving in three runs. Gallo facing Jullian Merryweather, struck out swinging. At the bottom, Dickerson facing Chad Green lined out to LeMahieu at third. Espinal flew out to Judge in right. Jansen struck out in order against Green. New York Yankees 6 Blue Jays 2.

At the top of the eighth, Torres singled. Gary Sanchez hit into a double play, and Gardner struck out to end the half. At the bottom against Luis Severino, Springer struck out swinging. Semien ground out to LeMahieu. Guerrero flew out to Judge in right for the 1-2-3 inning for Severino. New York Yankees 6 Blue Jays 2.

Gio Urshela led off the ninth inning for the Yankees and hit a homer into the left-field stands. LeMahieu flew out to right-center. Rizzo popped up to the infield for the second out. Judge walked. Judge was on base all four times. Stanton doubled, moving Judge to third base. With two on and two outs, Gallo struck out, but the Yankees tacked on another run. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the Blue Jays, Bo Bichette faced Wandy Peralta and went down on strikes. Hernandez flew out to Gardner. Gurriel ground out to end the game and give the Yankees their seventh win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2. The winning pitcher was Michael King, and the loser was Hyun Jin Ryu.






New York Yankees: Yankees start a crucial three games at Toronto, here’s the preview

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees start a three-game series tonight in Toronto, Canada, against the Toronto Blue Jays. It may be the most critical series of the season because the outcome could decide the whole season for the boys from the Bronx. Right now, the Yankees hold onto the number one wild card berth that gives the home-field advantage in the one win or go home game.

The Yankees can’t control what happens to other teams, but they can control their own destiny. Presently the Red Sox are just one game back from the Yankees. The Yankees, to maintain that home-field advantage, must win two of three of these games because the Blue Jays are just one game behind the Red Sox. I stated that there are things they can not control; one of those is that the Red Sox play their next three games against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

The likelihood of the Sox winning two of three or even sweeping them is a real possibility. However, if the Yankees win two of three and the Sox sweep, both teams will be tied for home-field advantage. The problem is that the Sox already have the better season record against the Yankees and, therefore, will get the nod for that coveted home-field advantage.

For the Yankees to win this series, they will have to play their hearts out, playing their best baseball of the year, as they will face the Blue Jays three best pitchers, including their dual aces in Robbie Ray and Hyun Jin Ryu.

Tonight, September 28, 7:07 pm EDT

Tonight is the first game of a crucial three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Yankees will send Jameson Taillon to the mound. The righty is 8-6 with an ERA of 4.41 and 136 strikeouts in 27 starts. The Yankees are not sure what they will get out of Taillon tonight as he hasn’t pitched in 22 days coming off an ankle injury. After not pitching for two years and two Tommy John surgeries, Taillon got off to a slow start this season but improved dramatically over the season, dropping his ERA from 6.23 to 4.41. From July 16 through August 26, the Yankees won all eight of his starts.

But pitching well against the energetic something to prove Blue Jays may be a challenge for Taillon. Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero, Randal Grichuk, and Marcus Semien have hit over .300 against him.

Taillon will face the Blue Jays ace, Hyun Jin Ryu. Ryu is a lefty that is 13-9 with a 4.34 ERA and 133 strikeouts. Ryu has faced the Yankees four times this year, the Jays winning three of those games. He most recently faced the Yankees on September 6th; in that win, he allowed the Yankees only three hits in the 8-0 shutout. For Ryu to win tonight, he will have to get by Gary Sanchez, who has 3 home runs off of him in four games. Anthony Rizzo, in 8 at-bats, has a .500 average, including a home run. The big bats of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have not fared well against him.

Wednesday, September 29, 7:07 pm EDT

Wednesday night contest will feature the Yankee ace Gerrit Cole on the mound for game two. Cole is the winningest Yankee starter with a record of 16-8 and an ERA of 3.08, and an incredible 237 strikeouts. Of the 150 or so starting pitchers, Cole has the second-most wins. Cole missed two weeks of the season with a bout of the Covid virus, which and possibly tiring from the adjustment from a 60 game to 162 game season, seems to have affected Cole. The Yankees have won two and lost two of this last four starts. On September 1, Cole struck out a season-high 15 batters, but it has fallen off dramatically since then. The last time he faced the Blue Jays, he lasted only 3.1 innings striking out 2.

The New York Yankees will face Jose Berrios, a righty that is 12-9 with an ERA of 3.48 and 197 strikeouts. The Yankees have only faced Berrios once this season; the bad news is that they lost that game when he pitched into the seventh inning with 109 pitches and only allowing five Yankees hits. Berrios has a lower ERA in September than Cole, by a full point. For the Yankees to win this game, Cole will have pitch better than Berrios, and Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, and Brett Gardner all have hit well off Berrios and will have to pummel him.

Thursday, September 30, 7:07 pm EDT

The Yankees will send Corey Kluber to the mound in the set’s final game to face the Blue Jays best pitcher, ace Robbie Ray. Kluber is still in comeback mode from a shoulder issue that kept him out three months of the season. He is a righty that is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 15 starts. Kluber started the season slowly with the Yankees but gradually got better to the point of having a no-hitter on May 19th against the Rangers for the only Yankee no-hitter since David Cone’s perfect game in 1999. Since coming back from his injury, the Yankees have won all three of his last starts.

Robbie Ray is in contention and a near-lock for the CY Young award this year. The lefty is 13-6 with a 2.68 ERA and a baseball-leading 244 strikeouts. The Yankees have only faced Ray once this year. It was an April 12th meeting with Gerrit Cole on the mound. Kyle Higashioka powered the Yankees to a win with two home runs in that game. Ray has won three of his five starts during September. The Yankees will have to get out fast and often against Ray because only Higashioka and Gio Urshela have hit well off of him.

Yankees News, 9/28: Jamison Taillon, Jonathan Loaisiga injury update, 6 important days upcoming

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees are preparing to start their most important six days of the season as they prepare to take on the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays consecutively.

After sweeping the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, the Yankees find themselves in first place in the Wild Card, but they aren’t out of the woods yet. Boston remains just one game behind New York, and Toronto is one game from the second playoff spot in the WC. If the Yankees don’t continue winning, there’s a very real chance they miss the postseason and are watching from their couch by the beginning of October.

However, as streaky as the Yankees are, they are currently on a hot one, and they plan to start Jamison Taillon on Tuesday against Toronto in the first game of the series. Taillon has been working his way back from a partially torn tendon in his right ankle, which she suffered on September 6.

Missing 22 days of baseball, Taillon will be injected right back into the starting rotation, but with a full bullpen, the team has plenty of backup options if need be. Taillon enjoyed just one rehab start before being activated, throwing three innings and 51 pitches on September 22. He gave up two runs and struck out two batters.

So far this season, Taillon host a 4.41 ERA with 8.83 strikeouts per nine and a 33.2% ground ball rate, the lowest of his career. The second half of his season has been far more efficient, but he is still inconsistent, and the Yankees need the best version of him against the Blue Jays.

Skipper Aaron Boone is also anticipating the return of star relief arm Jonathan Loaisiga. The 26-year-old has been a stud this season, making 54 appearances, earning a 2.25 ERA and a career-high, 61.3% ground ball rate. He’s seen his fastball velocity increase by nearly 2 mph to 98.3 mph. In addition, his curveball and changeup have both experienced increases in velocity. He’s relying heavily on his sinker and newfound slider.

Jonathan has buried his fastball in favor of more off-speed and ground-ball oriented pitches, which has aided in his development significantly.

“I wasn’t out there for the bullpen, but I talked to (pitching coach) Matt (Blake) about it,” Boone said of Loaisiga. “He said it went really well. It looks like Lo. So now the biggest thing is making sure he recovers well (Monday), and then we’ll make a call on possibly whether we want to activate himTuesday or if we want to give it another day and wait until Wednesday. That’s just something we’ll weigh.

Getting back both Taillon and Loáisiga is huge for a Yankees team trying to close out the year strong. Hopefully, they won’t suffer any setbacks, and they’ll be ready to go for the postseason, given the Yankees can secure a Wild card spot.

Yankees’ Jameson Taillon made his first rehab start after ankle injury: What’s next for him?

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees are about to enter a crucial nine-game stretch that will virtually decide their fate this season. At the moment, they are two games behind the Boston Red Sox for the first Wild Card spot in the American League, but hold the second one with a 0.5-game advantage over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fate is an incredible thing: the Yankees will face both teams in their next two series: first, the Red Sox at Fenway Park starting on Friday, and next week, Toronto is next, also on the road.

The Yankees will need all the help they can handle. They have actually welcomed back two pitchers this week in Luis Severino and Domingo German. Next week, two more could follow: Jameson Taillon and Jonathan Loaisiga.

Loaisiga is already throwing and could advance to bullpen sessions this week, depending on how his shoulder responds to throwing at 120 feet.

Taillon, on the other hand, had his first game action in 16 days, per NJ Advance Media. He pitched for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, in the postseason, against fellow rehabber Noah Syndergaard, a member of the New York Mets.

What will the Yankees do with Taillon?

Taillon has been away from the Yankees since partially tearing his right ankle tendon on September 9. The starter was decent in his first rehab start, covering three innings and allowing two runs.

The right-hander threw 51 pitches, 36 of them for strikes. He will likely slot right back in the rotation whenever he is ready to return, as evidenced by his workload in last night’s outing.

Taillon finished his outing by retiring six batters in a row after four of the first six batters had hits against him. He ended up getting better as the night went on, and struck out two with a couple of walks.

The next step for the Yankees would be deciding if Taillon needs another start in the minors or if he will return to the active roster. If that’s the case, he would pitch the series opener against Toronto on Tuesday, but if they decide to hold him a bit longer, he would take the ball against Tampa in the last series of the season.

New York Yankees Breaking News: Jameson Taillon had been added to the IL

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

There appears to be no end to the bad breaks for the New York Yankees. Today the Yankees put starting pitcher Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a right ankle injury as reported by YES Network commentator/reporter Meredith Marakovits and CBS Sports.

This is the second bad starting pitching news for the Yankees this week. First, Gerrit Cole removed himself from a game against the Blue Jays when he felt left hamstring tightness. No MRI has been scheduled as of today for Cole. So his next start is in question.

After a slow start of the season, Taillon has turned out to be one of the Yankees’ most reliable starters. He is 8-6 with an ERA of 4.41. The Yankees have won 8 of his last 10 starts. This is quite unexpected as his last start against the Blue Jays was a quality one. It may have to do with a dive he made in the game. As more information becomes available, you will find it on