New York Yankees Previews: Yankees start a four game series with the Jays in Buffalo

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

The New York Yankees has clinched a berth in the playoffs, and tonight they will meet up with the Toronto Blue Jays to begin a four-game series, away in the Jays 2020 home, Buffalo. The Yankees were hoping to clinch their berth in the postseason last night in Boston.  The Yankees, riding a ten-game winning streak, entered last night’s game with high hope, but Deivi Garcia failed, and the Yankee’s bat were near silent.  Never the less, the Yankees clinched their 22nd postseason berth in 26 years when the Seattle Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres.

Pitching sensation Deivi Garcia, in his fifth start of the season, only lasted three innings, giving up six runs in the eventual Yankee 10-2 loss.  The only bright spot in the game is when Luke Voit hit his 21st home run of the season, which leads all of baseball.  21 home runs in this short season equate to 64 home runs in a regular 162 game season.  The would beat the Yankee home run record leader’s 61 home runs in 1961.

Tonight should be a pleasant evening for baseball, with a game-time temperature (6:37 pm) in the high ’60s. The game will be played under mostly clear skies with no chance of showers. The game will be broadcast on the Yes Network, on SNET in Canada, and nationally on MLB Network (out of market only).

The New York Yankees have met up with the Blue Jays six times, so far in the season, winning four of those games, but they never have faced Matt Shoemaker. The righty Shoemaker has been on the IL with right shoulder problems.  There will be pressure on Shoemaker to win tonight’s game, as it could cement his place as the third starter in the Blue Jay’s postseason. He is 0-1 with an ERA of 4.91. The Jays have lost 4 of the 34-year-olds starts.  In his last start, he went five innings in the eventual Jay’s win while striking out six Tampa Bay Rays. Coming off the IL, the Jays don’t expect him to go more than 60 pitches.

The New York Yankees, in an attempt to line up pitchers for the postseason, will give both Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka an extra day’s rest, and start this game with an opener. That opener could be Michael King or Jonathan Loaisiga, although that is no surety. Loaisiga is 3-0 on the season with an ERA of just 2.70 and has started 3 games this season. The Yankees last year and this year, has been quite successful in opener games.  Chad Green is the most successful game opener, so he is a possibility.

“We’re going to try to win games,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’d love to have those (wild card) games at home — not at the expense of anyone, but our guys should be good and ready to go.”

Both teams had streaks end on Sunday. The Yankees (31-22) lost 10-2 to the Boston Red Sox to stop a 10-game winning streak, and the Blue Jays (27-26) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 to end their skid at six. Both teams will be looking to improve their seeding in the postseason.  It’s most important for the Blue Jays to win as they move closer to clinching their berth in the playoffs. The Yankees swept the Blue Jays in their last meeting at Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees at Fenway Park won their ninth in row, but it wasn’t easy

Friday night for the New York Yankees, it was a long and winding road for their ninth win in a row, this time against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. After playing clean baseball and scoring 43 runs in three games against the Blue Jays, last night may have been a wake-up call that brought the Yankees back down to reality.

The Yankees did not play well, the game saw the Yankees commit three errors. Yankee pitching allowed the Red Sox to run on them, and the Yankees lineup remained dormant for the first six innings of the game. The result was that at the end of six innings the Yankee trailed the Boston Red Sox 4-0. The main culprit was the lousy starting pitching of Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery who struggled mightily. Montgomery gave up four runs on five hits while still having a respectable seven strikeouts.  Montgomery who has pitched well this season will want to forget this one.

The offense remained quiet for the first six innings, and the Yankee fearsome threesome of Judge, Stanton, and Voit combined for just three hits in the game and one RBI. The Red Sox’s Martin Perez pitched a brilliant game against a strong Yankee lineup, sprinkling in just three hits and walk, while string out seven Yankees. While the Yankees had some sloppy play, the Boston defense made some sparkling defensive plays in the game.

The stars of the game for the New York Yankees were, of course, DJ LeMahieu, Jonathan Loaisiga, but the surprise name on the star list was Gary Sanchez. I seldom praise Sanchez, but other than a minor flaw defensively, it was overshadowed by some amazing defense for Sanchez.  In the seventh inning, Sanchez had a long double, into the right-field stands, allowing the Yankees to finally get on the board as two runs scored.  At the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees still behind by two runs, Sanchez again came through with a significant home run to left over the Green Monster scoring two and tying up the game and causing it to go into extra innings. Gary Sanchez is the only reason the Yankees won this ninth game in a row.

Although starting pitcher  Jordan Montgomery faltered, the Yankee bullpen was brilliant. Luis Cessa came in for 1.1 innings, he allowed two hits but kept the Sox from scoring. Adam Ottavino’s swerve was working, allowing only one hit in his inning. Zack Britton pitched a clean inning. Chad Green was dominant in his inning, while striking out two. Aroldis Chapman struggled with his velocity down, but got out of the tenth inning, striking out two. The pitching star of the game was Jonathan Loaisiga, who pitched the eleventh and twelfth innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out two Red Sox.

The New York Yankees’ offense finally got going in the seventh inning, with Gary Sanchez’s two-run double. At the bottom of the eighth inning, Giancarlo Stanton took one to the left-field wall scoring Aaron Judge who motored home all the way from first base, and the Yankees were just one run shy of tying the game.  Then came Sanchez’s solo homer in the ninth to tie the game and bring it into extra innings.

At the bottom of the eleventh inning, Luke Voit who had been silent in the game hit a double scoring Mike Tauchman who had previously been brought in to run for Stanton, for the Yankees first lead of the game. But in the bottom of the frame, Christain Arroyo put the ball in play driving in a run and retying the game at 5. The eleventh inning was a long one with Loaisiga loading the bases, but Loaisiga battled and got our of the inning without allowing the Red Sox to take the lead.

At the top of the twelfth with Yankees on the corners, DJ LeMahieu stepped to the plate and drove in Aaron Hicks from third, for the Yankee 6-5 lead. At the bottom of the frame, Loaisiga on the bump again, he got the win keeping the Red Sox scoreless in the frame. Loaisiga got the win for the Yankees, Ryan Weber took the loss for the Red Sox. The final score was 6-5 in twelve long innings. The game time was just over five hours.

Although this wasn’t the best game for the New York Yankees, it shows the great team that they are. Down four runs, they came all the way back to get the win. It was the Yankees’ eighth straight win over the Red Sox this season. Tonight at 7:30 pm, J.A. Happ will be on the mound for the Yankees, as they try for their tenth win in a row.

 

Another crucial Yankees’ player is set to return from the injury list soon

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

The pending return of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge to the New York Yankees‘ active roster has, with good reason, stolen all the headlines in the Bombers’ universe. It’s clear that the club needs them both to mount a fight for a playoff spot. But another crucial player, in this case a pitcher, also has a chance to rejoin the team in the next few days, even sooner that the slugging duo.

Jonathan Loaisiga has been out of the Yankees’ active roster for a week for undisclosed reasons, but according to Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated, that could change as soon as Tuesday.

Placed by the New York Yankees on the injured list on September 4 but retroactive to September 2, it appears that Loaisiga will only require a few more days than the minimum.

The Yankees miss Loaisiga’s versatility

“Jonathan Loaisiga will throw a bullpen today, Aaron Boone says. If that goes well, another will follow on Sunday and then the hope is for him to be activated on Tuesday,” Goodman wrote on his Twitter account.

It represents an excellent piece of news for a New York Yankees team that has had a surprisingly mediocre year when it comes to the performance of its relievers. Loaisiga, fortunately, has been one of the few bright spots for Boone and company.

For the season, the right-hander has a 3.18 ERA with a 4.36 FIP in eight games, three of which have been starts. In 17.0 frames, he has a 10.59 K/9 mark and a 2.12 BB/9 one: it means that he has been striking out lots of batters and limiting walks.

It’s possible that his 89.3 strand rate is a tad high, but so is his 30.0 HR/FB rate. All things considered, he has been pretty much legit, and the Yankees will welcome his talented right arm when he returns from his condition.

New York Yankees Update: Yankees look to take two tonight in Baltimore

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees tonight will hope to come back from an embarrassing loss last night against the New York Mets, and going 10-6 in their last sixteen starts. The Yankees will travel today to Baltimore, to Camden Yards where they normally play well, for a late afternoon and night doubleheader. Game one will start at the unusual time of 5:05 pm, with the second game following 30 minutes after completion of the first game.

The Yankees have not released the names of any of the four starters in the series at the time of this writing.  In the doubleheader this evening, the Yankee fans will most likely see Deivi Garcia and Jonathan Loaisiga. Saturday should be Gerrit Cole with Masahiro Tanaka following on Sunday. Jordan Montgomery will likely start the first game in Buffalo with the Blue Jays.

This evening the Baltimore weather should be just fine for two baseball games, with a zero chance of rain or pop up showers.  Game time temperature for the game will be in the mid-’80s, with mostly sunny skies. It will be slightly cooler for game two, but the skies will remain clear.  In fact, similar weather will be had for the Saturday and Sunday games as well.  The games will be telecast on the YES Network and MASN in Baltimore.

In game one, the New York Yankees will face the Orioles Alex Cobb.  Cobb is 1-3 with an ERA of 4.33.  This will be the first time this season that Cobb will pitch to the Yankees.  Back at the end of the 2017 season, the Yankees were interesting in the Ray’s free agent Alex Cobb, but Cobb went with the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t pitch very well with the Orioles, but on August 1, 2018, Cobb beat the Yankees in a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, snapping a nine-start winless stretch. In 2019 due to injuries he only pitched in three games.  So far this year in seven starts, he has given up 5 home runs, with 12 walks while striking out 24. Gio Urshela is 2 for 2 off Cobb.

UPDATE!

Alex Cobb has been scratched from game one.  The starter will now be Thomas Eshelman who is 3-0 with an EAR of 3.48. Eshelman is a reliever that has started two games of the Orioles.  He does not go deep into games. In his six starts, he averages 3.2 innings per game. He has a combined five strikeouts in his last three games while giving up a home run in each game. In a March 8th spring training game Eshelman threw one pitch that hurt him. With one out in the Yankees’ second, first baseman Luke Voit hit the first pitch out to right for a homer.

In game two the Yankees will face Jorge Lopez, who has been a reliever for the Orioles but was recently made a starter.  He made his first start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a game Baltimore lost 6-5. The Orioles have lost every game that Lopez has pitched in. Brett Gardner, in five at-bats against Lopez, has batted .600.  Mike Tauchman and Mike Ford have also played well off the righty that has a 7.53 ERA this season.

Deivi Garcia pitched masterfully in his major league debut. In the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, Deivi Garcia made his major league debut for the Yankees. An unintimidating figure on the mound, Garcia showed the complete confidence of a much older veteran. He backed that up with a one, two, three first inning. He struck out the side in the third. He ended up his major league debut pitching six innings on 75 pitches, allowing four singles, no earned runs, no walks, and had six strikeouts in a no-decision debut.

Jonathan Loaisiga has pitched in eight games this year for the New York Yankees, three of them starts caused by the Yankees lack of starting pitchers. In those eight games, he has pitched to a very respectable 3.18 ERA. He has been with the Yankees for three years now, going back and forth from the minors to the majors, and has improved each year.  This is only my personal opinion, but I feel if Loaisiga was stretched out, he could make a fine option for a fifth spot in the rotation.

After the Yankees went 2-8 off the Tampa Bay Rays and have gone 10-6 in their last sixteen starts need to win these two games tonight.  They also lost a game against the Mets last night, and have slipped to being tied for second place in the East Division with the Blue Jays. The Yankees no longer have to look over their shoulders at the Jays, as they are right there.  The Jays have been playing well of late, as the Yankees have not. The Yankees would love to sweep the Orioles, but must at least take the series, as they face the Jays next week in Buffalo.

 

 

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Jonathan Loaisiga, he could have an Impact

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

The New York Yankees Jonathan Stanley Loaisiga Estrada was born on November 2, 1994. This will be a short profile because there is little personal information on Loaisiga. The 24-year-old was born in Managua, Nicaragua. We know that Jonathan played baseball as a child, but it was not in any organized manner.

Nicaragua is a country that embraces baseball as the national sport. But that was not always the case; in 1967, professional baseball ended in Nicaragua. It gradually came back in the ’70s. It, along with soccer, are the popular sports played by schoolboys. Jonathan, like most other kids, played baseball in sandy lots using oranges or rocks for a ball and milk cartons for gloves.

In Nicaragua, many schools and even colleges don’t have baseball teams, in favor of soccer teams. Because of that, there are not a lot of Nicaraguan baseball players. It is not known where, but Loaisiga who wanted to be a pitcher, was playing in a try out for one of the four teams in the country and was spotted by a scout of the San Francisco Giants. The Giants paid for him to come to the United States and signed him as an International Free Agent in 2012.  The most famous Nicaraguan player was Dennis Martinez who pitched 11 or his 23 years in the majors, withthe Baltimore Orioles.

They assigned him to the Dominican Summer League, centered in Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic. This is the same training facility that Luis Severino and Domingo German came through. His record there was 8-1 with an ERA of 2.75. He did not play in 2014 or 2015 due to injuries, and he was eventually released by the Giants.

Enter the New York Yankees, who signed Loaisiga in February of 2016. He started the season with the Charleston River dogs, but after just one game, he again injured his arm, requiring Tommy John surgery. After the end of the season, he was added to the roster and started 2017 with the Gulf Coast League Tampa and then the Staten Island Yankees. He had a 1-1 record in eleven starts but with a 1.38 ERA.

In 2018 he earned a promotion to the Trenton Thunder, where he pitched in six starts while striking out 32 in 25 innings. He then skipped AAA as he was called up to replace the injured Masahiro Tanaka. In his debut, he pitched five scoreless innings for the win. He pitched in four more games before being optioned to AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre but was called back up at the end of the season with the roster expansion.

In 2018 hit pitched in 9 games going 2-0 and last year he is 2-2 in 31.2 innings over 15 games including two scoreless innings the September 15  shut out of the Los Angeles Angels. Loaisiga was heavily used during September with 8 of his 15 games played in the month.  He performed poorly in the ALDS and was not of the ALCS roster. It is too early to say what his future is with the Yankees, but without Delin Betances and being short Severino for the season the New York Yankees will need him.

According to if James Paxton is game ready at the beginning of the season when it starts, the Yankees may have to rely on him as the fifth starter.  Ideally the Yankees considering his injury history should use Jonathan as a long and short reliever rather than a starter. In spring training he pitched quite well. In five games, three starts he pitched to a 2.70 ERA in ten innings

Again, there is little known about his private life or loves, but he is not attached to any scandals. During his time at the Stadium, he has become well-liked in the clubhouse and his fellow players have saddled him with the nickname “Johnny Lasagna”.   He has an Instagram account but it includes no personal information, only photos.

New York Yankees have their secret weapon in the bullpen if need be

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

Before Major League Baseball completely shut down operations and canceled the remainder of spring training, the New York Yankees were preparing to feature a bevy of reserve options on their March 26 Opening Day.

The outfield was set to miss all three starters as Aaron Judge is dealing with a stress fracture in a rib, Giancarlo Stanton a calf strain, and Aaron Hicks recovering from Tommy John surgery. The starting pitching rotation was also stripped of two top-end pitchers — Luis Severino is done for the season, and James Paxton is recovering from surgery to extract a cyst from his lower back.

Luckily, the Yankees have plenty of talent to supplement injury concerns, but with the extension of the regular season start date, most of the previously injured players should be ready to go by early May.

The New York Yankees have their secret weapon locked and loaded:

Jonathan Loaisiga is the Yankees’ secret weapon in 2020, as he looked stellar this spring. At 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, Loaisiga earned essential reps in 2019, ironing out some of the kinks in his game. This offseason, he added off-speed pitches to his arsenal in an attempt to diversify his pitching repertoire.

“There is a chance for a spot in the rotation. If that happens, I have to do my job on the field,” said Loaisiga about a month ago.

Injuries can be a good thing for players on the come-up, and his quality this spring was earning him consideration as the Yankees’ 5th starter with Paxton out until May.

In 10 innings this spring, he posted a 2.70 ERA with two homers allowed and 14 strikeouts. His strikeout rate was impressive, which earned him praise from Yankees’ skipper, Aaron Boone.

Moving forward, Loaisiga will feature in the bullpen, but he has the quality to earn starting reps if he continues improvement and showing off his skills. I believe he will get his shot at some point in 2020.

New York Yankees: The starting rotation will be solidified for the start of the regular season

New York Yankees, James Paxton

The big storyline for the New York Yankees this off-season has been the injury bug, aside from the deadly Corona Virus that has shut down Major League Baseball operations. The regular season is too far out to see at this point, after the league pushed back the expected March 26 Opening Day for the Yankees and many other teams.

The injury bug took it’s toll on the Yankees before spring training even began, taking down No. 2 starter Luis Severino for the entire 2020 campaign and hindering the progress of James Paxton, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton.

The loss of Severino and Paxton disrupted the starting pitching rotation, and force the Yankees to supplement their losses before any live-action even began. With Severino missing all of 2020, Jordan Montgomery will slide in as the fifth man in the rotation. However, Paxton is expected to return in early-May, and the start of the regular season could fall right around that time.

This will ultimately give the Yankees the consistency and cemented rotation they expected going into the upcoming season.

Last week, Paxton began throwing from 60-feet, starting his physcial rehabilitation process. With the MLB stating that the regular season won’t begin for at least eight weeks, he will have plenty of time to recover fully and prepare to slot in behind Gerrit Cole as the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation.

The New York Yankees have a few rising stars who can help if called upon:

One lowkey pitcher who has looked phenomenal this spring training is Jonathan Loaisiga. The young Nicaraguan pitched 10 innings, posting a 2.70 ERA with 14 strikeouts. His improved performance can be correlated to the addition of offspeed pitches into his repertoire.

Utilizing him as a stop-gap if James Paxton needs more time to heal is a logical move, as he will likely be a featured player in the bullpen regardless.

New York Yankees might have found their 5th starter in the rotation

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

One of the highlights of the New York Yankees’ demolition of the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday was pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, who struck out four batters in two innings to seal the win. The 25-year-old has spent time as a starter with the Yankees’ but has struggled in that role in the past, but adding several off-speed pitches to his arsenal this offseason has given him the boost he needs to excel.

Due to the injuries to Luis Severino and James Paxton, the Yankees have found themselves in a position of supplementation, especially toward the end of the starting rotation. The $324 million spent on Gerrit Cole is proving to be quite significant right about now, but that doesn’t eliminate the problematic situation they’re inevitably in.

Loaisiga is one of several pitchers who have looked solid this Grapefruit League season, showing impressive accuracy and velocity on his fastball and an increased strikeout rate. While the conditions in sunny Florida aren’t comparable to the tainted weather in the Bronx, his success provides optimism that the Yankees might be okay moving forward.

“He’s coming in on the attack right now and seems to have a feel for his pitches,” Boone said. “You see that dynamic stuff. We’ll continue to stretch him out a little bit; what role it ends up being, it could be multiples. It’s just good to see him throwing the ball well and on the attack.”

The New York Yankees need to proceed with caution:

With injuries mounting in the starting unit and position player groupings, the Yankees should take the next few weeks easy. Shutting down Masahiro Tanaka, who has been stellar this pre-season, would be advisable. Loaisiga should earn another outing to remain consistent, but we’ve seen enough to develop a sense of optimism.

Last season, the third-year player posted a 4.55 ERA over 15 games. Not the best overall production but not bad either; the expectation is that his efficiency will increase in 2020 after a strong start to 2020. I expect to see more off-speed pitches mixed into his style, which aids his quest to become a regular starter.

New York Yankees: ‘Next Man Up’ Mentality Continues Through the 2020 Season

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees are yet again faced with the dilemma of the “next man up” mentality before the season has even started. Giancarlo Stanton is out indefinitely with a calf strain and may not be ready for opening day. James Paxton will miss three to four months and Luis Severino will miss the whole 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Many can now say the Yankees are used to playing through and dealing with injuries, so this nothing new nor surprising at all. Luckily, there are players from last season that got playing time in the Major Leagues because of the absurd amount of injuries. They will have to step up and perform similarly to how they played last year.

Likely “Next Man Up” Players for the 2020 Season

Clint Frazier

This is the year for Frazier to finally prove that he belongs on a Major League roster. He had a nice stretch offensively when the outfielders started to go down with injuries early on in the season. His defense will be the question that defines his ability to stay on the roster. In a backup role to Miguel Andujar or Mike Tauchman, he provides power near the lower third of the lineup.

Mike Tauchman

The player who sparked the “next man up’ mentality, Tauchman, has a chance to split time with Andujar, Wade, and Frazier in left and backup Gardner in center. He was a brilliant surprise last year and is another example of Cashman working his magic, bringing in unforeseen talent. In just 87  games, Tauchman batted .277, hit 13 home runs, and flashed the leather in multiple outfield positions.

Tyler Wade

The Yankees new utility man, Tyler Wade, has become a very valuable player to the team. His ability to play multiple positions becomes more important when a starting outfielder goes down with an injury. He will need to backup Andujar or Frazier in left, backup Torres at short, and LeMahieu at second.

Jonathan Loaisiga

Loaisiga appeared mostly out of the bullpen in 2019 but has the stuff and velocity to become spot-starter or even the fifth pitcher in the rotation. He reached the upper 90s with his fastball and had a nice appearance against the Houston Astros in the postseason.   He and Jordan Montgomery are most likely going to round out the rotation to begin the year.

New York Yankees fans, keep your fingers crossed this is the last time we hear or say the word “injury” all season. Even if they do occur, the “next man up’ mentality worked for the Yankees last year and there is a high chance of success this year. They will have the same players filling those roles for the second year in a row. As long as the starters produce numbers like they did last year, the Yankees will still win plenty of games.

 

New York Yankees: How the starting pitching rotation will look after Luis Severino’s injury

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

With the news breaking that New York Yankees No. 2 starter Luis Severino will likely succumb to Tommy John surgery, manager Aaron Boone will need to find a replacement for him in the rotation.

James Paxton is already facing a lengthy recovery after having a cyst removed from his lower back, so losing two pitchers for significant time will force others to slot in at the end of the rotation. Thank goodness GM Brian Cashman retained J.A. Happ after all since his services will be heavily required in 2020.

However, Severino and Paxton’s injury gives multiple youngsters an opportunity as starting level pitchers. The return of Jordan Montgomery will prove to be significant, and his outing against the Pittsburg Pirates on Monday was exactly what the Yankees needed to see regarding their confidence in him.

Montgomery pitched 2.0 innings, striking out three batters and walking one. He allowed zero earned runs, finishing a quality night. I expect him to slot in as the No. 4 starter while Paxton recovers, and then move down to No. 5. While Monty didn’t feature much in 2019 due to injury, his first two seasons (2017-18) saw him toss two consecutive sub-4.00 ERA campaigns.

How will the New York Yankees supplement the No. 5 spot?

The Bombers don’t have a solidified No. 5 pitcher to take the reigns and handle the final spot in the rotation with consistency. I believe they will utilize a rotating system in the last slot, consisting of Michael King, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Jonathan Holder.

The 2020 season will be King’s rookie campaign, after pitching just several innings in 2019 at the major league level. He had some consistency issues in the minor league’s but is ready to be called up and tested. Loaisiga, on the other hand, finished 2019 with a 4.55 ERA, allowing six homers and logging 37 strikeouts. I expect him to take a step forward in the coming year after working on developing his off-speed pitches. He has added a solid changeup to his arsenal of mostly fastball variations, giving him that extra diversity to confuse batters.

Holder, though, shouldn’t be cast aside. While Holder posted a 6.31 ERA in 2019, he logged 46 strikeouts over 41.1 innings. His SO9 land at 10.0, which is quite impressive, indicating a solid whiff rate. His low 90s fastball isn’t anything to write home about, but he does feature a changeup, slider, cutter, and curveball. His cutter and fastball are his best pitches in terms of accuracy and velocity, but he has the offspeed mojo to get the job done.

Overall, I think the Yankees have the talent to survive the injuries sustained to the starting rotation, and hopefully, they can gain back Severino before the postseason hits later on in 2020.