Ranking the Yankees’ starting pitchers 16 games into the regular season

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The Yankees are coming off a series sweep against the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday, thanks to a stellar performance from Gerrit Cole after starting the regular season on a bad note. The Bombers now sit with a 10–6 record, boasting phenomenal pitching but inconsistent offensive play.

For the first time all season, the Yankees scored seven or more runs, thanks to a poor pitching performance from Aaron Civale, who gave up six runs over just three innings.

The Yankees have had trouble at times driving in runners in scoring position, but their pitching has picked up the slack tremendously. Cole recently called them out, indicating the need for support to help transfer the game over the bullpen.

“From a starting pitcher’s perspective, we want to keep going as long as we can,” Cole said. “We want to try to push our pitch count and our games as deep as we can go to keep [the relievers] as fresh as we can so they can continue to perform at their level. At the same time, from a team aspect, I think it’s important to get on the board early so that we can turn a lead over to those guys.”

Ranking the Yankees’ starting pitchers 16 games into the regular season:

1.) Nestor Cortes

The Bombers started the year with Nestor Cortes as their No. 5 starter of the rotation, but he has been far and away their most lethal arm. Cortes hosts a 1.15 ERA over just three games, a sample size of 15.2 innings. He’s only given up seven hits, whereas the other four starters have given up at least 10 hits. In fact, he gave up his first two runs of the entire season on Saturday after Josh Naylor belted a two-run shot in the 6th inning.

Cortes has been extremely effective at just 27 years old, and the Yankees might have themselves a long-term starter if he continues to play at this level.

So far this season, Cortes is allowing an 86.5 exit velocity and just a 3.6% barrel rate, two impressive numbers. His 1.29 SIERA and 1.46 xFIP are the best on the team. Interestingly, he’s changed his pitch usage a bit, utilizing his fastball and slider predominantly, seeing decreases with his curveball and change-up.

2.) Luis Severino

Luis Severino is the next on the list, who features a 2.08 ERA over 13 innings. Severino has given up three runs, most of which came in his first start against the Boston Red Sox.

Severino currently hosts a 90.9% left on base rate and 54.1% ground ball rate, two phenomenal numbers. In terms of velocity, he’s averaging out at 97.2 with his fastball, up significantly compared to a small sample sizes over the past two seasons. Severino is also utilizing a cutter this season, throwing it 16.1% of the time. He’s dipped into his slider usage, throwing it just 7.2% and re-allocating it significantly. With great velocity on his fastball and a solid repertoire of pitches, Severino is quickly regaining his 2018 form.

3.) Gerrit Cole

After three questionable outings for Gerrit Cole, he finally enjoyed his best performance of the season on Sunday in a win over Cleveland. Cole lasted 6.2 innings, giving up four hits and striking out nine batters. He tossed 92 pitches, lowering his ERA to 4.00. Cole was dotting the corners and utilizing a lethal slider to bait batters. He also began incorporating a cutter into the mix, something he hasn’t used since college. There’s no downward trend for his velocity, so he simply wasn’t getting the location he was looking for.

Thankfully, Cole seems to be back on track, and the starting rotation for the Yankees appears above average over the first three weeks of the campaign.

4.) Jordan Montgomery

Fourth on the list is Jordan Montgomery, who hosts a 2.51 ERA over 14.1 innings. Montgomery has given up 10 hits, and four earned runs but has otherwise looked great this season. Montgomery allowed one earned run over six innings in his most recent outing, striking out five batters. In fact, he’s pitched 11 innings over his last two games, giving up six hits and just one run, striking out seven batters combined.

If Montgomery continues to pitch at this level, he will be a dangerous mid-rotation arm for the Bombers.

5.) Jameson Taillon

It is great news that the last ranked pitcher in the Yankee starting rotation hosts a 3.07 ERA over 14.2 innings. Jameson Taillon has given up 15 hits and five earned runs, including three homers in that sample size. He’s been the worst of the bunch but has still been very effective for the most part.

Coming off of a 2021 season where he suffered several injuries, including torn ligaments in his ankle, Taillon has gotten off to a solid start. With his velocity hovering around 94.1 mph regarding his fastball, Taillon seems to be on par with his career averages. His pitch usage seems rather consistent compared to the past, so he hasn’t done anything significant to change up his game. The biggest factor for Taillon is simply health and building momentum.

Yankees’ projected opening day starting pitching rotation released

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There are concerns regarding the New York Yankees’ starting pitching rotation as opening day nears on April 7. General manager Brian Cashman has done very little to inject more talent into the rotation via regency or trade this off-season. While the team has been connected to the Oakland Athletics, who were shopping Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas, nothing has materialized up to this point.

It seems as if Cashman will leave the rotation alone for now, hoping several injury-prone players prove their consistency this year, which is an extremely risky approach.

According to MLB Network’s Meredith Marakovits, the Yankees’ projected 2022 starting rotation come the regular season is:

1.) Gerrit Cole

Cole is the team’s ace without question, recording a 3.23 ERA last season over 30 games and 181.1 innings. This was his worst campaign since 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he was still dominant and is gearing up for another stellar year.

2.) Luis Severino

Severino has only pitched 18 innings in the past three years, making him a serious liability. Severino hosts a 17.18 ERA this spring over two games, giving up eight hits and one homer in 3.2 innings pitched.

Considering Severino is projected to be the team’s No. 2 starter, it is a clear indication of management’s optimism he can return to his previous self. The last time Severino hosted a dominant campaign was back in 2018, but that was a long time ago, and the once-promising starting pitcher has been dealt a number of serious injury blows.

While Severino has shown flashes of good velocity and pitch efficiency, his execution has been poor this spring, meaning he needs a bit more time to find his rhythm. Unfortunately, he suffered a bit of soreness after his last start, so the Yankees will err on the side of caution and have him throw a bullpen session instead of starting against the Blue Jays.

3.) Jordan Montgomery

In the No. 3 slot, the Yankees have Jordan Montgomery, who posted a 3.83 ERA last season over 157.1 innings. Montgomery is the team’s lone left-handed starter, and at 29 years old, he could be gearing up for his best year yet. Last season, Montgomery averaged a 92.7 mph fastball, the best of his career. He mixed in a cutter 13.8% of the time, up from 5.4% in 2020.

4.) Jameson Taillon

When the Yankees acquired Jamison Taillon from the Pirates, they imagined he would be a perfect one-two punch behind Cole.

Cole and Taillon are good friends, but the latter of the two struggled to find his groove wearing pinstripes. Last year, Taillon battled a number of injuries, ranging from shoulder inflammation to torn ligaments in his ankle. He still managed a 4.30 ERA over 144.1 innings, but the Yankees need more from him as he prepares to hit free agency after the 2022 campaign.

Yankees’ manager provides positive injury update on Taillon; German hurt

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The New York Yankees’ rotation has several question marks after Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery. Can Nestor Cortes Jr. keep up his high performance level of 2021? Will Jameson Taillon be healthy to start the season after fall surgery? Can Domingo German show any consistency? Will Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt be factors?

Well, Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone spoke specifically about Taillon and German. The former Pirate is progressing nicely after his ankle procedure, and, according to the manager, should be ready for the Opening Day roster.

“There are some other guys that are coming off different surgeries and things like that and some other guys that are a little slow-moving,” Boone told reporters at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Monday. “But I think most of the guys on our roster and stuff are pretty good.”

The Yankees will have Taillon back on time to open the season

Speaking specifically about Taillon, who had a procedure to repair a torn right ankle tendon in October, he said: “I think Jamo should be on time. Jamo is in a good spot.”

This qualifies as excellent news, given that Taillon was initially expected to miss the first month of the season.

There are, however, bad news to report on two pitchers: one of them is a starter and the other one is a reliever.

Domingo German, who suffered shoulder problems in 2021, experienced some issues in January. Boone said that he is “definitely going to be behind” the other pitchers, as he just started his throwing program and won’t be ready to ramp up to a regular starter’s workload before the opening series on April 7 against the Boston Red Sox.

Stephen Ridings, a Yankees’ flamethrower who impressed in limited action last year, will also be out of action for the foreseeable future, as he hasn’t been throwing lately as he deals with “some shoulder and back stuff,” per Boone. “We’ll see where that leads.”

Yankees’ Jameson Taillon torches MLB owners as talks stall on new CBA

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

With MLB owners and the players union still far apart on a new CBA, it seems as if the 2022 regular season will be pushed back. The league imposed a Monday deadline to end the lockout before they began canceling games, but that reality seems to be in place.

The two sides have been meeting regularly over the past week in Jupiter, Florida. Not much progress has been made, but commissioner Rob Manfred seems confident in the process, despite the fact that the game and its reputation are hanging in the balance.

Current Yankees starter Jameson Taillon had some tough words for the owners, who clearly care more about money than the respect of the sport.

“Players are used to their ‘threats,’” Taillon said. “Owners actions have made it clear all along that they have a set [number] of games where they still make profits [and] get TV money. They don’t want to play. It’s sad that these are the guys who drive the direction and ‘future’ of our amazing sport.”

With baseball already struggling to gain the attention of younger fans, canceling games over money seems to be the worst thing possible for the development of the game.
Once the lockout finally comes to an end, teams will have to jump into free agency and sign new players immediately. The 2022 season is set up to be a very strange one, not that fans aren’t used to abnormalities over the past two seasons due to Covid.

New York Yankees: After good report on Severino, Jameson Taillon looks promising

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Last week the New York Yankees got a good report for Luis Severino, saying that he is expected to be back to full strength in time for the start of the new baseball season. Severino spent the last two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery and other setbacks. But, recently, SNY’s Andy Martino reported:

“Luis Severino says he is already throwing bullpens and expecting to be ready to be a starting pitcher whenever spring training starts, by the way.”

This is great news for Yankee general manager Brian Cashman as he tries to put together his pitching rotation for the 2022 season. Now, Cashman must be delighted with new reports on Jameson Taillon, who pitched a brilliant August last season but fell short at the end of the season while gutting through an ankle tendon injury.

After a great August, his performance fell off in September, and he was unable to have a contributing role in the Yankees’ lone playoff game before the season wrapped prematurely with a loss in the Wild Card game against the rival Boston Red Sox.

The good news for Cashman is that Taillon is back on the mound for the first time, strangely at former Yankees Adam Ottavino’s pitching lab. Taillon, due to the December 1 lockout, has had a difficult injury rehab without the help of team doctors, That lockout is still ongoing as it looks day by day that the beginning of spring training will be delayed barring a last-minute miracle. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report this week to the spring training sites in Florida and Arizona.

The reports on Taillon in his first time pitching off the mound, Max Mannis of the American Society for Baseball Research said: It made him happy to see Jameson Taillon pitching off the mound at Adam Ottavino’s pitching lab in Harlem, New York. Taillon’s recovery from ailments was made much more arduous by the lockout, But now pitching off the mound is a very good sign for the New York Yankees as Taillon could be deadly against opposing teams with his two-seam pitch that he showed off within late relief at the end of the last season.

Taillon, who might be penned in at the number two spot, barring the Yankees picking up another sterling arm when the lockout is over, could be highly impactful going forward. His two-seamer and devastating curveball are his best pitches. Time will tell as the lockout is ongoing, but, as of now, things are looking good for Taillon and the Yankees.

The Yankees will feature ace Gerrit Cole when the season finally starts, likely following with Taillon and Severino. At the end of the rotation, the Yankees have several choices in Nestor Cortes Jr., Jordan Montgomery, and Domingo German. Beyond that, they have other capable arms, including Luis Gil and Clarke Schmidt. The only thing remaining is if the Yankees will upgrade that rotation with a true number two starter, that will be most important when and if the Yankees reach the postseason.

Projecting the New York Yankees’ pitching rotation for the 2022 season

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Although reaching the Wild Card game last season, the New York Yankees had a really rough year with a struggling lineup that could do nearly nothing to win games. The only two in the lineup that performed as expected, was slugger Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Other than those two, for the most part, the rest of the lineup was impotent.

It was the Yankees’ sketchy pitching rotation that carried them through the season to the Wild Card game, in which they fell to the Red Sox, again ending their dream of another postseason appearance.

The 2021 season started with Gerrit Cole, the Yankee ace leading the rotation, followed by two other pitchers that hadn’t pitched in the majors for a few years due to various injuries and surgeries. Following Cole were Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon. In the four-slot, five-year veteran Jordan Montgomery. The fifth spot was supposed to be Domingo German, but he quickly failed, and no less than six other pitchers filled that fifth spot during the season.

As one might have projected that both Kluber and Taillon would be injured during the season, leading to Kluber to pitch only 80 innings. Kluber did pitch the first Yankee no-hitter in twenty-two years, but even he didn’t have much of an impact on the season. With both Kluber and Taillon injured, the Yankees were about to observe the biggest surprise of the season, the emergence of Nestor Cortes Jr.

Cortes Jr. burst onto the scene from the bullpen to be one of the Yankees’ most dependable starters.

Looking ahead at the quickly approaching 2022 season, as of this point, it looks like most of those familiar faces will again attempt to get the Yankees to the postseason and a chance for a 28th World Championship. The Yankees, when the lockout is over, still have a chance to hire a free agent, like, Carlos Rodon, or trade for another legitimate number two starter (Chris Bassitt). Without that knowledge of what the Yankees will do, after calling their present rotation all they need, we will have to assume they will go with what they have.

If that is the case, we will, of course, see Gerrit Cole leading a rotation that General Manager Brian Cashman has had plenty of time to think about. The tall Cole battled his way through the ‘spider tack’ scandal to end up 16-8 with a 3.23 ERA for the Yankees. Although he had a sub-par two innings on the mound in the AL Wild Card game, he nevertheless finished the season second in the AL Cy Young voting.

Following Cole will likely be Jameson Taillon. He pitched above average in the Bronx last season. When nobody in the Yankees rotation was healthy, Taillon was out there game after game. The former Pirate logged a 4.30 ERA, pitching 144.1 innings. In 18 games, he posted an 8.73 strikeout per nine rate but a career-low 33.2% ground ball rate. An injury late in the season led to an offseason surgery to repair the partially torn tendon in his right ankle. He should be good to go by Spring Training, according to many reports. To make him a true number two starter, he will need to induce more ground balls and be the best version of himself in the coming season.

Next up should be Luis Severino. This might be a stretch as he has hardly pitched at all since his 19-8 2018 season. The twenty-seven-year-old coming back from Tommy John surgery and hamstring injuries in rehab last season is loaded with talent. However, with the lack of pitching for so long in major league games, the Yankees can only guess how he will fare this season. But now, being fully healthy, the Yankees will look for the righty to have a productive season.

The annual solid Jordan Montgomery will be stepping onto the mound next in the rotation. The 6’6″ lefty started 30 games for the Yankees last season with a 6-7 record and an ERA of 3.83. He pitched much better than his stats would suggest, as he got nearly no run support from the Yankees’ lackluster lineup. Montgomery may well be the key to a successful Yankee season. They need him to be solid in the middle of the rotation.

The starter to anchor the rotation creates the most intrigue. It will most likely be Nestor Cortes Jr, but also don’t be surprised if the Yankees choose Luis Gil, who was also successful for the Yankees in the second half of the season. Nevertheless, Cortes Jr., who made his major league starting debut last season, has deserved a place in the starting rotation. Gil is the likely backup if Cortes Jr. can’t replicate his last season’s success.

Outside of the pitchers mentioned, one thing that makes the Yankee rotation so formidable is the pitchers they have in the wings, should any of the starters become injured. There is Domingo German, who was the Yankee ace in 2019 with an 18-4 record. German was suspended for all of 2020 for his involvement in a domestic incident. Upon his return, he was 4-5 in 18 starts last season. The question with German is that he can be inconsistent. When he is on, he is lights out.

The Yankees also have Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, and a bevy of relief pitchers that are more than competent to start games. Should the Yankee starters fail in any of their starts, the Yankees, even without Zack Britton, out for most of the season, still have some of the most effective relievers in the game. Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Wandy Peralta, Lucas Luetge, and Clay Holmes all could be Impactful. The Yankees hope that closer Aroldis Chapman can return to form this season. If he stumbles, Jonathan Loaisiga has risen to the next logical choice. He was 9-4 last season with a tiny 2.17 ERA and five saves to his credit.

Yankees: Injured starter is progressing well from ankle surgery

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One of the reasons why the New York Yankees need at least a couple additional starters is because there is some uncertainty surrounding a few of their arms. Luis Severino hasn’t handled a full workload since 2018, Nestor Cortes Jr. needs to prove his 2021 wasn’t a fluke, and Jameson Taillon underwent ankle surgery in October.

However, the Yankees received some good news on Taillon, specifically, as they wait for the lockout to be over to prepare for a crucial 2022 season in which they are expected to make a deep playoff run.

Taillon told Justin Shackil that his ankle is in a really good place right now and that he hasn’t experienced any issues whatsoever with it during the offseason.

The Yankees’ right-hander, who came to the team before the season in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, had to pitch through a partially-torn tendon in his right ankle and ended up having surgery in late October, most precisely on the 28th.

The Yankees expect him to be ready by the spring

Per the report, the hurler has already started his offseason throwing program and everything seems to be going according to the Yankees’ plan. At the moment of having the surgery, there was some fear that he would need to start the season on the injured list as he finished his ramping up process, but at this stage, he is looking likely to be ready to rejoin the rotation this spring.

Taillon is throwing multiple times per week.

During his first season in pinstripes, Taillon went 8-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 144.1 innings. He struck out 140 hitters and had a 1.21 WHIP. He showed, during a seven-start stretch between July 6 and August 9, how dominant he can be, with a 1.25 ERA in 43.1 frames.

He will be arbitration-eligible for one last time in 2022, and then is expected to hit the free agent market.

New York Yankees: Front office has no idea how injured players are rehabbing

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The New York Yankees have some players rehabbing from various health and injury issues, But because of the MLB imposed a lockout, the Yankees have no idea how they are advancing going into the 2022 season. Some of those affected are Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu, and starting pitcher Jameson Taillon.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, not knowing how these players are doing further complicates plans for what the Yankees will do going forward after a new Collective Bargaining agreement is reached. At this point, all fans that follow the Yankees know that they need a full-time shortstop, a number two-type starting pitcher, a permanent first baseman, and help in center field. In addition to the injured players, they don’t know if the oft-injured Luke Voit is doing with his knees and feet.

When the December 1 expiration could not reach a new CBA, Commissioner Rob Manfred instituted lock-down forbidding front offices from contacting any players on their 40 man roster until a new agreement can be reached. Manager Aaron Boone addressed the situation last week.

“We tried to put our guys in the best position as far as our coaches at the time having those conversations and putting plans in place as we headed into December 1,” Boone said. “Hopefully, set them up with programs and things that they can follow and be in a good position once this is all settled, but we’ve had no contact. Obviously, it’s not ideal that we can’t have that contact and know how everyone’s doing, but we should get a decent idea in those early days of what we’re dealing with.”

Jameson Taillon: Probably for the Yankees that need an excellent pitcher to follow ace Gerrit Cole, they are most interested in how Jameson Taillon is doing with his rehab. Taillon turned 30 years old on November 18; he was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010. He was traded to the Yankees before the start of the 2021 season. Taillon got off to a slow start with the Yankees but gradually improved. He ended the season with an 8–6 record in 29 starts with a 4.30 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 144.3 innings. 

Unfortunately, he also ended the season suffering from a few torn ligaments in his ankle. If a pitcher can’t depend on his lower extremities, he can’t pitch. His best friend Gerrit Cole (they played together with the Pirates) and Yankee manager Aaron Boone would like to know how he is doing, but they will have to wait.

Aaron Hicks: The oft-injured Aaron Hicks has been injured several times during his time with the Yankees, and last season was no different; he missed 130 games, hitting only four home runs and batting a miserable .194. Hicks is rehabbing from a May 26 operation to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. Although being unable to speak with Hicks, there is an upside that we do know. In twelve games in the Dominican Winter Leagues, he hit .265 (13-for-49) with one home run. Boone would like to know hows he is doing after that stint.

DJ LeMahieu: DJ, after a spectacular season in 2020 winning the MLB batting title with a .367 batting average, had an underwhelming season last year, more than a hundred points lower and with only ten home runs. After the 2021 season, LeMahieu had sports hernia surgery on October 12. Boone would surely like to know how his recovery is coming along.

Along with these players, Boone most like would be interested in how Luke Voit is doing. Voit, the only first baseman the Yankees have right now, had feet and knee problems last season. The Yankees would like to know how he is doing. But, for the time being, the front office will have to monitor social media for any information, much like Yankees fans have to do.

Yankees: Jameson Taillon injury update provides good news

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The New York Yankees have a lot left to do this off-season once the lockout finally comes to an end. Adding another starting pitcher will likely be at the top of their holiday list, but they do still have some solid talent in their current rotation coming off injury.

With Luis Severino earning a few essential reps at the end of the season, Domingo German expected to make a full return, and Jameson Taillon progressing through his rehabilitation after suffering a few torn ligaments in his ankle, there is upside to a rotation that struggled last year.

Taillon, specifically, just turned 30 years old a month ago. The former first-round pick back in the 2010 June Amateur Draft was traded to the Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. His best friend, Gerrit Cole, vouched for him significantly, but he endured a few battles in his first season wearing pinstripes.

The former Pirate logged a 4.30 ERA, pitching 144.1 innings. In 18 games, he posted an 8.73 strikeout per nine rate but a career-low 33.2% ground ball rate.

The Yankees need Jameson to produce more ground balls in the future, with his average hovering around 47%. In addition, his home runs per-nine rate exploded to 1.50, the highest of his entire career.

Injury undoubtedly held him back at times, but he’s making solid progress this off-season in hopes of returning to spring training fully healthy.

“I was pretty much laid up in bed with my foot elevated for the first two weeks,” Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. “After that, I got put in my walking boot and I was able to really slowly start walking more. Now I’m out of the boot, I’ve been out of it for like 10 days and feeling really good.

“The inflammation is going down now, so it’s just kind of a buildup process, kind of just like the arm injuries I’ve dealt with, it’s just such a progression-based thing. I just started loading squats and starting to expand what I’m able to do.”

Coming off Tommy John surgery, Taillon saw a reduction in his fastball velocity, hovering around 94 mph this past season. Otherwise, he remained pretty consistent with his pitch usage, spreading them out nicely among his fastball, slider, curveball, and change-up. The only pitch that didn’t see a reduction in velocity was his changeup but saw a two-MPH drop-off with his slider.

Usually, it takes about a season for a player coming off a significant elbow injury to make a full recovery. Hopefully, they can get the best version of Taillon this upcoming season, especially if they fail to land one of the top remaining starters on the market.

Yankees: Jameson Taillon has great reaction to lockout, shining light on health implications

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With the MLB lockout underway, all players can do is wait patiently for the owners and Players Union to find a new agreement. When it comes to the New York Yankees, they will be eyeing the beginning of a new free agency once the lockout ends. General manager Brian Cashman failed to make any moves prior to December 1, indicating a more active spring when things hopefully come to a conclusion.

In the meantime, players are unable to receive treatment from their team specialists and doctors, which could have health implications for next season.

Yankees’ starting pitcher Jameson Taillon changed his picture to a blank image as the MLB tries to rattle the Players Union for their desires. The players want the opportunity for big contracts earlier, whereas owners ideally like to keep as much money as possible, for obvious reasons.

Taillon took the opportunity to take a friendly shot at the MLB, indicating he wouldn’t be able to work with his physical therapists from the team after receiving surgery on his ankle at the end of the 2021 season.

How did Taillon perform for the Yankees?

Taillon had a disappointing first year with the Yankees after being traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the 2021 season. He posted a 4.30 ERA over 29 games, recording a 8.73 strikeouts per nine rate, the highest of his career, and a 2.74 walk rate.

Taillon saw an increase in usage of his fastball and curveball compared to his 2019 season. His fastball hovered around 94 mph, the lowest of his career. It was clear that two seasons off after underoging his second Tommy John surgery impacted his performance, which was to be expected.

While his arm managed to escape unscathed, slightly tearing ligaments in his ankle forced the Yankees to rely on others when they needed Jameson at the end of the campaign. Hopefully, he can return to full health despite the lockout and not having his team doctors on hand.