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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:19 pm

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Series Preview

The Bombers head to Toronto to finish up an 11-game road trip.

By Will Sirbono Sep 13, 2019, 12:00pm EDT

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The Yankees traveled to Toronto for their second-to-last series with the Blue Jays of 2019. The Bombers have beat down on bad teams this year, specifically the Orioles, and so far this year they’re 8-5 against the Blue Jays who are 32 games under .500.

At home the Blue Jays are 29-42, so the Rogers Centre and the Canadian fan base hasn’t been a factor for the Blue Jays this year. One thing the Jays do have, however, is plenty of young talent. To begin, the Yankees will be facing two rookie starting pitchers in game one and game two of this series. On top of those rookies, almost everyone has taken notice to the Blue Jays’ three young studs, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. All three players are the sons of former major league stars and have headlined Major League Baseball’s rookie class in 2019.

Guerrero Jr. has not lived up to the crazy amount of hype he had during spring training but you must keep in mind he is still only 20. If you want a sneak peak of how much power this kid has just re-watch the Home Run Derby. Bo Bichette made his debut on July 29 and in the 39 games played since, he has batted .306 with ten home runs. Biggio has not had a great season at all only batting .213 in 85 games this year.

The Yankees will be heavily favored in all three of these games. Here are the pitching match-ups we know of as of now.

Friday: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Anthony Kay
Tanaka gave up four earned runs in his last performance against the Red Sox. Tanaka struggled this season against the Red Sox, however, his last two outings before that were great. He only allowed two earned runs over 12 IP. Tanaka’s last performance against the Blue Jays was one of his best of the season as he threw eight shutout innings while only allowing three hits and striking out four.

Anthony Kay is a rookie for the Blue Jays and is making his second career start in the big leagues. In his first outing he threw 5.2, allowed four hits and two earned runs.

Saturday: James Paxton vs. Jacob Waguespack
James Paxton has been the ace he was advertised as recently. In his last four starts he has pitched 25.1 innings and has only allowed four earned runs and has struck out 34 batters. The Yankees will definitely need this version of Paxton once the playoffs begin.

Waguespack will be making his eleventh start of the season. He has pitched to a 4.55 earned run average so far. During an earlier meeting with the Yankees this season, he allowed three earned runs on three hits, two of them being home runs.

Sunday: TBD vs. T.J. Zeuch
The Yankees pitcher for Sunday still has yet to be determined, but the Blue Jays have announced that T.J. Zeuch will start for them in the final game of the series. Zeuch is also a rookie and he will be starting the second game of his young career on Sunday. In two appearances so far, Zeuch has pitched to a 5.40 earned run average in 8.1 IP.

It’ll be interesting to see how things play out this weekend for the Yankees offensively. Their big bats may have their way with the young rookie arms, however, the advantage could also go to Toronto since Yankee players haven’t seen them very much.

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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:25 pm

Yankees: Edwin Encarnacion suffers a left oblique strain

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The Yankees swept their doubleheader against the Tigers but in the process, Edwin Encarnacion left game one early with a left oblique strain. The injury comes at the worst possible time with the playoffs just over three weeks away.

Injuries have been the theme of the 2019 season for the Yankees up to this point and with just 15 games to go, that continues to be the case. Earlier this week they lost Mike Tauchman for the season to a calf strain and on Wednesday it was pretty much confirmed that Aaron Hicks is likely done for the season as well after receiving a second opinion on his right elbow.

After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that Encarnacion felt the oblique issue early in the game but that it didn’t affect him while swinging. The Yankees are hopeful that it’s just a minor injury because he played through it and launched another home run during his second at-bat of the game. Following his fifth-inning walk he stayed in the game to run, but the next time he was due up in the seventh he was pinch-hit for by Mike Ford.

Encarnacion will travel to New York for more testing to get an official diagnosis but if he did, in fact, strain his oblique he’s definitely out for at least the rest of the regular season. The Yankees seem somewhat optimistic right now but we all remember Aaron Judge straining his oblique back on April 20th and he didn’t return from the IL until June 21st.

If this oblique injury is as significant as the one Judge had it’s hard to envision Edwin returning during the postseason either. That would be a huge blow to the Yankees lineup because he’d been swinging a hot bat since he came back on September 3rd from the wrist fracture he suffered on August 3rd. In eight games since he returned off the IL, he was hitting .294 with 4 HR and 10 RBI and since the All-Star break, he was hitting .321 with 9 HR and 30 RBI.

Losing Encarnacion at this point in the season is a huge blow but the Yankees do still have Luke Voit and Mike Ford to split some of the at-bats at DH and first base. Ford hasn’t played much of late after he really stepped up while Voit and Encarnacion were previously on the shelf so hopefully, he can pick up right where he left off.

They also have Giancarlo Stanton nearing his return and if the injuries to Tauchman and Hicks didn’t already increase the importance of his return the injury to Encarnacion certainly has. They need him back more than ever and they need him to produce.

We’ll have to wait and see if Ford can join Stanton on the postseason roster because now he should get the chance to earn a spot down the stretch. As for Voit, we know he’ll be on it and after the loss of Encarnacion, he’ll probably be in the starting lineup too.

That was up for debate before Wednesday, but now I’d assume he has to be in there, especially since it looks like he’s found his groove again at the plate.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:27 pm

Tyler Wade has entered the Yankees’ postseason roster discussion

Outfield injuries and some internal improvement have made Wade a possibility for the playoffs.

By Tom Krosnowski Sep 13, 2019, 2:00pm EDT

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Remember the outcry around Tyler Wade at the end of spring training this year? Wade had just come off an admirable spring, slashing .308/.345/.500 and playing all over the infield and outfield. It didn’t look like there was much more he could do to solidify his spot on the roster.

Instead, the Yankees shocked everyone by demoting Wade and acquiring little-known Mike Tauchman to round out the roster. When asked about the reasoning to go with Tauchman over him, Wade made it very clear that team management didn’t trust his outfield defense:

“That they need a real outfielder,” Wade said was the reason for his demotion. “Apparently I’m not.”

Demoting Wade after that spring was cold business. Some thought it could have led to the end of his tenure as a Yankee. Instead, Wade went to Triple-A, worked hard, and is back contributing for the Yankees. Just check out what Boone, the same manager who demoted Wade for his outfield defense in March, had to say about his fielding now:

“He’s really, really gifted defensively,” Boone said. “There’s a couple of positions on the field where I feel like defensively speaking, he’s elite. You put him at second base, there’s very few people that can play second like him. He plays defense with a lot of confidence, even when we’ve seen him in the outfield.

“I feel good about him, wherever we put him.”

Isn’t it amazing how much can change over six months? If the Yankees really feel this strongly about Wade’s defense, he may be an intriguing player to fit onto the postseason roster.

First, Wade’s greatest attribute is his speed. His 29 feet per second sprint speed is the fastest on the team, according to Statcast. That speed can help the Yankees big time in the playoffs, when pinch runners are very important. Just ask Cameron Maybin, who earned a World Series ring for the 2017 Astros essentially by playing the role of the super-reserve outfielder and go-to pinch runner.

The Yankees have been stricken by injury in the outfield. Aaron Hicks and Mike Tauchman are just about out for the season, and Giancarlo Stanton’s availability is still in question. The team doesn’t seem interested in keeping Clint Frazier on the postseason roster, but Wade might have a shot because of his extra speed and positional versatility.

The starting outfield in the playoffs will hopefully be Stanton-Gardner-Judge left to right, with Maybin the chief reserve. As for the infield, Gio Urshela, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion are all making the team, plus two catchers. That makes 12 position players, but the Yankees carried 13 in last year’s playoffs due to the lack of need for a fifth starter.

If it comes down to a choice between Kyle Higashioka, Frazier, Wade, Thairo Estrada or Mike Ford, Wade might just make the most sense. He can play anywhere and has speed to burn. While the other players are really only good at one specific thing, Wade can help in a couple of ways.

Additionally, while Wade is still a light hitter and shouldn’t ever be getting postseason at-bats, he has also improved a little bit at the plate. He has improved his walk rate, lowered his strikeout rate, and increased his hard-hit percentage. It’s way too early to say that Wade has turned a corner after 80 plate appearances this season, but he’s earned another look at the roster next season, at least.

Ultimately, Tyler Wade is (hopefully) not going to be the reason the Yankees are winning or losing postseason games, but he has earned a spot on the postseason roster. Versatility is key in the playoffs, and Wade just offers more than a guy like Frazier or Ford. If the Yankees are looking for a potential X-factor off the bench in the playoffs, Tyler Wade’s their guy.
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The Yankees didn’t look like a playoff-ready team against the Blue Jays

By KRISTIE ACKERT NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 13, 2019 | 11:41 PM

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TORONTO — In three days the Yankees return to the Bronx. Not only will they be hosting their final regular-season homestand of the season, but the front-office, pro scouts, coaches and Aaron Boone will be meeting to make some decisions. The Bombers are closing in on their first American League East division title in seven years, but they will head into October with so many questions.

Friday night did not give them any answers. Instead of a playoff team fighting for the best record in baseball, with their closer still in the bullpen, the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in the bottom of the 12th inning on Bo Bichette’s walk-off home run off Tyler Lyons.

It was the second walk-off loss the Yankees (97-52) have suffered in the last four days, with their fireball throwing closer, Aroldis Chapman watching. The Yankees still have a magic number of five to eliminate the Rays from the AL East competition, but the Dodgers and Astros gained ground on them. The Yankees are one-win ahead of both those teams for the best record in baseball and the home field advantage that goes with that in the postseason.

Obviously the Yankees manager is trying to balance his urgency at winning that home-field edge with keeping the weapons he still has, well, healthy. As he did Tuesday night in Detroit, by leaving Chapman in the pen and using Luis Cessa and Lyons in those high-leverage late innings on Friday, Boone clearly is erring on the side of being healthy.

Listening to him before the game, you can understand why.

Boone talked extensively about being “hopeful” and “optimistic” they have not lost Gary Sanchez (strained groin) and Edwin Encarnacion (strained “inner” oblique) for the postseason. He is also hopeful the Yankees will have J.A. Happ, who got a cortisone shot Friday for biceps tendinitis, as soon as next week.

The losses to injuries have been the norm all season for the Yankees and they have overcome them at every turn. Sloppy, lifeless play and mistakes have not been the norm for the Yankees and Friday night they could not overcome that.

DJ LeMahieu uncharacteristically struggled on two plays at first base, Adam Ottavino balked for the second time in his career to bring in the tying run and the Yankees had lefty Tyler Lyons on the mound in the bottom of the 12th when Bichette hit his first-ever walk-off home run.

“It’s one of those days,” Boone said.

But it is one of those final 14 days of the regular season, when the Yankees should be priming and positioning themselves for the postseason.

Playoff veteran, and likely Game 1 starter Masahiro Tanaka cautioned about getting too worried about regular-season momentum carrying into the playoffs.

“Obviously you want momentum going into the postseason, but I don’t want to look too far ahead,” Tanaka said after allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. “I have a couple starts left. Just take it day by day and worry about that when the time comes.”

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Yankees Masahiro Tanaka says he's just taking it day by day. (Fred Thornhill/AP)

Tanaka gave up a solo, second-inning home run to Randal Grichuk, but had some help giving up the other runs. DJ LeMahieu struggled on scoops at first base, Gleyber Torres made a shaky throw to first, both earning errors. Ottavino not only balked with the tying run on third base, but walked Bichette and had to get out of the seventh with runners in scoring position.

He admitted he’s not feeling like he is where he needs to be right now.

“I have to be sharper. I am trying to get as sharp as possible. I am just not as sharp as I need to be right now. Credit to them. I thought Bichette had a great at-bat off me,” Ottavino said. “Frustrating outing. Not as sharp as I need to be.”

With just 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Yankees did not look like a playoff team Friday night. Instead, they looked like a team that had played 18 innings of a doubleheader Thursday in Detroit and then had to play four hours and eight minutes for 12 innings Friday here.
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Postby BigGuy » Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:51 am

Luis Severino discusses his long-awaited season debut

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By KRISTIE ACKERT NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 13, 2019 | 8:33 PM

TORONTO — Luis Severino has watched this season as the Yankees have survived with a “next-man up” mentality. Now, the Yankees ace is finally going to be that next man up. The right-hander will make his first start of the 2019 season on Tuesday when the Bombers are back in the Bronx for their final regular-season homestand of the year.

“I am very excited about that. It’s been a long wait, but it happened,” Severino said Friday before the Yankees series opener against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. “I’m happy that I’m healthy and I’m going to be able to help my team.”

Severino joined the Yankees here on Friday after making his third and final minor-league rehab start on Wednesday. The Yankees feel he could get three starts before the end of the regular season. He threw 65 pitches in his last rehab start, so he could stretch out to 75 Tuesday.

“I mean that’s a guy last couple of years, obviously been in the Cy Young conversation. This is a guy who is a potential ace, a guy that’s not only important obviously in the short term to us, but on the long term,” Aaron Boone said. “A young pitcher with his ability and his track record already, a guy that we feel like is going to anchor the rotation for a long time. You miss those big innings, those big outings a guy like that can give you and how he affects the rest of the staff as well. We’ve missed another great pitcher capable of matching up with other great pitchers around the league.”

The 25-year-old has not thrown a pitch in a major league game this season. He suffered a shoulder injury in spring training and then a severe lat strain during his rehab from the rotator cuff inflammation. The Yankees believe he can be a good option in the playoffs.

The Yankees considerations with Severino are about more than just October.

He signed a four-year, $40 million extension that bought out the rest of his arbitration with an option for his first year of free agency during spring training. The Yankees and Severino agreed to a deal that pays him $4 million with a $2 million bonus this season — just one million more than the number he asked for in arbitration. He gets $10 million in 2020, $10.25 in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. The club option is for $15 million with a $2.75 million buyout.

Considering the brilliance he flashed in the first part of last season, that was a very team-friendly deal.

In his first 18 starts, the righty pitched 118.1 innings to a 1.98 ERA. He had a .195 batting average against, allowed just six home runs and averaged almost 10 strikeouts a game.

But it was also insurance for him against an injury like the ones he has dealt with this season.

In an 11-start stretch at the end of the season, Severino pitched just 55.1 innings, going 4-5 with a 6.83 ERA with a surprising .323 batting average against. He allowed 13 homers in that span.
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Postby BigGuy » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:44 pm

Evaluating Luke Voit since his return to the Yankees from the IL

Luke Voit’s return from injury resembles the path taken by Aaron Judge.

By Ryan Chichester Sep 14, 2019, 1:00pm EDT

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It should come as no surprise that Luke Voit needed time to adjust since returning to the Yankees after missing a month with a sports hernia. Through his first 31 plate appearances, Voit managed just two extra-base hits, good for a slugging percentage of .296.

Voit’s numbers have started to come along of late, helping bring his OPS since his return from the IL to .833. He has three extra-base hits in his last four games, helped along by a monster afternoon on Thursday, when he smacked a 110 mph home run to dead center and finished just a triple short of the cycle.

The Yankees are likely hoping that Voit’s recent stretch is a sign that the slugging first baseman has turned a corner in his road back to full health, and that some of the trends that have materialized in recent weeks will level off. Voit’s adjustment after extended time off should be expected, and Thursday excluded, he has been fighting to get back in the zone that he was in down the stretch of last season and the start of 2019.

The good news for Voit since his return is that he has still been able to put together good at-bats, keeping his floor low when he falls into a slump. Voit’s strikeout rate in September is 23.7 percent, his second-lowest monthly mark of the season so far. His BB/K rate is actually the best it’s been since the first month of the season, so Voit hasn’t lost his plate discipline after some time off, especially when looking at his chase rate over the past month.

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Up until the past few games, Voit’s problem hadn’t been making contact, but more the nature of said contact. So far in September, Voit’s fly-ball rate is 50%, about 10% more than his next highest monthly mark. His hard-contact percentage is about the same as his season average, but he has only been pulling the ball 25% of the time, nearly half his season mark. So it should be no surprise that his HR/FB rate since his return is 8.3%, a significant drop from his 22.2% mark in July.

On the positive side, we already have evidence of something similar occurring with another Yankee slugger, and he certainly has returned to form. Aaron Judge slumped following his lengthy stint on the IL after recovering from an oblique strain. Judge had trouble pulling the ball and making hard contact to the point where there were some fans who wanted him dropped in the order.

He of course has turned it around and then some, so could Voit be taking a similar route? Judge’s oblique injury, at least based on opinions of Carlos Beltran, could have had lingering effects that lasted through the rest of the season. Could Voit be dealing with something similar? His last couple games suggest that after being slightly off immediately following his return, his time back with the Yankees has helped him shake off any lingering rust. With even more recent injuries to key players, the Yanks would love to have the old Voit back.
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Boone 'hopeful' Sanchez returns this season

Encarnacion's oblique strain mild; Happ could pitch Thursday

By Jordan Horrobin

TORONTO -- When it comes to the health status of his players, Yankees manager Aaron Boone prefers to avoid speculation.

Such was the case ahead of Friday's game against the Blue Jays, when Boone refrained from providing timetables for the return of injured players Gary Sánchez and Edwin Encarnacion .

"I don't want to start saying 10 days, two weeks, three weeks, all these things, because we're now in the early stages," Boone said. I would say, based on the information given to me, I have some optimism."

Sanchez exited the second game of a doubleheader in Detroit on Thursday with a left groin strain he suffered while attempting to steal second base. Boone said the strain is similar to one Sanchez suffered previously, which caused him to miss two-and-a-half weeks.

"Hopeful we'll get him back by the end of the season, but obviously these next few days, how he responds and everything, we'll be able to determine the factor," Boone said.

Encarnacion, who left the first game of Thursday's twin bill, has an internal oblique strain that is considered mild. Boone expressed optimism about Encarnacion coming back "at some point," but he reiterated that more time is required to make a proper assessment.

J.A. Happ rounds out the group of Yankees who were injured in the doubleheader. He is dealing with left biceps tendinitis, but Boone said Happ is doing "pretty good" after receiving a cortisone injection. Happ is tentatively slated to start Thursday against the Angels.

Severino to make 2019 debut Tuesday

Luis Severino was all smiles at his locker Friday, confirming he will make his season debut Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. He hopes to throw 75 pitches in his return to a Major League mound for the first time since Game 3 of last year's American League Division Series on Oct. 8, 2018.

Severino, who is coming back from rotator cuff inflammation and a Grade 2 lat strain, doesn't believe there's anything he can tweak to prevent injury in the future.

"It happened -- you can do nothing about it," he said. "I work hard every offseason. I try to get into Spring Training in shape, and I was feeling good all year before that happened. It happened with no reason."

Boone is excited about the imminent return of Severino and the impact the 25-year-old right-hander is expected to have.

"This is a guy that's a potential ace," Boone said. "This is a guy that's not only important in the short term to us, but our long term."

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Jordan Montgomery will pitch Sunday in his 2019 debut, following rehab for Tommy John surgery. Montgomery made two Minor League relief starts in the past three weeks, allowing two hits and one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings. Boone said Montgomery, a 2014 fourth-round pick, is likely to either start Sunday or follow an opener.

• Asked whether Giancarlo Stanton was still on track to join the Yankees during their upcoming homestand, Boone said, "That'd be the hope." Boone added that Stanton's rehab work in Tamp, Fla., has been going well.

• With Sanchez out for the time being, Boone said catchers Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka will see a fairly even split in backstop duties. The justification, according to Boone, is to "protect them from a rest standpoint."
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BigGuy wrote:The Yankees didn’t look like a playoff-ready team against the Blue Jays

By KRISTIE ACKERT NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 13, 2019 | 11:41 PM

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TORONTO — In three days the Yankees return to the Bronx. Not only will they be hosting their final regular-season homestand of the season, but the front-office, pro scouts, coaches and Aaron Boone will be meeting to make some decisions. The Bombers are closing in on their first American League East division title in seven years, but they will head into October with so many questions.

Friday night did not give them any answers. Instead of a playoff team fighting for the best record in baseball, with their closer still in the bullpen, the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in the bottom of the 12th inning on Bo Bichette’s walk-off home run off Tyler Lyons.

It was the second walk-off loss the Yankees (97-52) have suffered in the last four days, with their fireball throwing closer, Aroldis Chapman watching. The Yankees still have a magic number of five to eliminate the Rays from the AL East competition, but the Dodgers and Astros gained ground on them. The Yankees are one-win ahead of both those teams for the best record in baseball and the home field advantage that goes with that in the postseason.

Obviously the Yankees manager is trying to balance his urgency at winning that home-field edge with keeping the weapons he still has, well, healthy. As he did Tuesday night in Detroit, by leaving Chapman in the pen and using Luis Cessa and Lyons in those high-leverage late innings on Friday, Boone clearly is erring on the side of being healthy.

Listening to him before the game, you can understand why.

Boone talked extensively about being “hopeful” and “optimistic” they have not lost Gary Sanchez (strained groin) and Edwin Encarnacion (strained “inner” oblique) for the postseason. He is also hopeful the Yankees will have J.A. Happ, who got a cortisone shot Friday for biceps tendinitis, as soon as next week.

The losses to injuries have been the norm all season for the Yankees and they have overcome them at every turn. Sloppy, lifeless play and mistakes have not been the norm for the Yankees and Friday night they could not overcome that.

DJ LeMahieu uncharacteristically struggled on two plays at first base, Adam Ottavino balked for the second time in his career to bring in the tying run and the Yankees had lefty Tyler Lyons on the mound in the bottom of the 12th when Bichette hit his first-ever walk-off home run.

“It’s one of those days,” Boone said.

But it is one of those final 14 days of the regular season, when the Yankees should be priming and positioning themselves for the postseason.

Playoff veteran, and likely Game 1 starter Masahiro Tanaka cautioned about getting too worried about regular-season momentum carrying into the playoffs.

“Obviously you want momentum going into the postseason, but I don’t want to look too far ahead,” Tanaka said after allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. “I have a couple starts left. Just take it day by day and worry about that when the time comes.”

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Yankees Masahiro Tanaka says he's just taking it day by day. (Fred Thornhill/AP)

Tanaka gave up a solo, second-inning home run to Randal Grichuk, but had some help giving up the other runs. DJ LeMahieu struggled on scoops at first base, Gleyber Torres made a shaky throw to first, both earning errors. Ottavino not only balked with the tying run on third base, but walked Bichette and had to get out of the seventh with runners in scoring position.

He admitted he’s not feeling like he is where he needs to be right now.

“I have to be sharper. I am trying to get as sharp as possible. I am just not as sharp as I need to be right now. Credit to them. I thought Bichette had a great at-bat off me,” Ottavino said. “Frustrating outing. Not as sharp as I need to be.”

With just 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Yankees did not look like a playoff team Friday night. Instead, they looked like a team that had played 18 innings of a doubleheader Thursday in Detroit and then had to play four hours and eight minutes for 12 innings Friday here.
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Postby BigGuy » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:04 pm

Brett Gardner stars as the Yankees crush the Blue Jays 13-3

A career day from the veteran outfielder propelled the Yankees to an easy win in Toronto.

By Jake Devin@JakePDevin Sep 14, 2019, 8:00pm EDT

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In an odd way, the Yankees are playing out the string right now. It’s not that they don’t care whether they win, as home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is certainly a worthy goal to strive for. Yet the most important thing the Yankees can really do at this point is keep their players healthy for October, while also gauging where their pitchers are at heading into the postseason. For the most part, the Yankees were successful on all those fronts today. James Paxton was solid, no one got hurt, and the Yankees won by a score that closely resembles the New England Patriots’ record in seemingly any given NFL season.

Early in the game, the Yankees put a couple runs on the board the old-fashioned way; by stringing together rallies. In the second, Luke Voit worked a leadoff walk, moved to second on a Gio Urshela single, and scored on Brett Gardner’s double. In the third, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge singled, before Voit’s ground-rule double took the Yankees’ lead to 2-0.

From there, the Yankees quickly reverted to their mashing ways, as Gardner led off the third with a solo shot to make it 3-0. They threatened further damage, as Thairo Estrada was hit by a pitch and LeMahieu singled, which forced starter Jacob Waguespack from the game. Brock Stewart came on and got Waguespack off the hook with a strikeout of Judge.

In truth, while the Yankees ultimately cruised in this game, they didn’t capitalize on several chances to really take it to Waguespack. The Yankees’ first inning at bat ended with a strikeout-em-out-throw-em-out double play. In the third, LeMahieu was caught in a rundown between third and home, and Urshela hit into an inning-ending double play. Waguespack left with only three runs on his line in 3.2 innings despite putting nine runners on base.

They would not let Stewart off the hook by any stretch of the imagination. Stewart hit Torres with a pitch and walked Voit to begin the fourth, and Gardner stepped to the plate with two on and one out. He doubled the Yankees’ lead with one swing of the bat:


That marked Gardner’s 25th home run of the season, a new career high. He’s now slugging .500 in what’s been another quietly strong season for the 36-year-old veteran. For good measure, he added an excellent defensive play to his highlight reel for the day, making a leaping catch on a Danny Jansen fly to deep center:


Of course, the rest of the lineup had to join Gardner in the fun. LeMahieu singled in the sixth, and Torres sent his 37th of the season out off of Stewart. Voit followed up with a solo shot of his own.

While the Yankees took Stewart to task, Paxton mostly had an effective day. He struggled in the first inning, as he is wont to do, putting two runners on with one out. He fought through a seven-pitch at-bat with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before inducing a pop out, and struck out Teoscar Hernandez to avoid any early damage.

Paxton settled in after his initial struggles, only running into trouble in the fifth. Brandon Drury reached on an infield single, moved to second on a throwing error from Torres, and scored on a pair of sac flies to give the Jays their lone run off Paxton. He finished with five innings and three strikeouts, having walked two and yielded three hits. The Blue Jays did a good job working long at-bats and driving up Paxton’s pitch count, frustrating him just enough to keep him from slicing through the order. Even so, Paxton did his part to help win the game.

Cory Gearrin relieved Paxton in the sixth, and worked out of a two-on, none-out jam to keep the score at 9-1. Jonathan Loaisiga came on next and looked encouraging, topping out at 97 mph with his fastball and striking out two in a pair of scoreless innings.

The Yankees tacked on a few more in the top of the ninth for good measure. Kyle Higashioka led off with a double off of Justin Shafer, ensuring that every starter recorded at least one hit, and scored on an RBI single from Estrada. Clint Frazier, in for Judge, roped a double, and Mike Ford, pinch-hitting for Voit, smacked a three-run shot to take the score to 13-1.

Down 12, the Jays finally put together their best offense of the day. Ryan Dull entered and allowed a double, a walk, another double, and a single to give Toronto a pair of runs, bringing the score to its final tally at 13-3.

The win moves the Yankees to 98-52. They have a 9.5-game lead in the AL East with 12 games to play. The Rays play in Anaheim at 9:07 EST, so New York’s lead could stand at double digits by the end of the night. You can almost smell the champagne-laden clinching celebration around the corner.
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Re: YANKEE NEWS 2019 SEASON

Postby BigGuy » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:07 pm

Yankees’ Brett Gardner, 36 going on 26, makes like young Ken Griffey Jr., adding another big day to standout season

Posted Sep 14, 8:16 PM

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Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner slaps hands with teammates in the dugout after one of his two homers Saturday in Toronto.

By Randy Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TORONTO — Aside from shaving his head to deal with some baldness setting in, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner doesn’t look or act his age on a ballfield.

He’s 36 as of last August and looking like 10 years younger on the ballfield.

His latest act - two homers, a double, five RBI and a great grab up against the center-field wall in Saturday’s 13-3 plastering of the Toronto Blue Jays - resembled a young Ken Griffey Jr.

“He is killing it,” winning pitcher James Paxton said when asked about Gardner playing like a younger man. “He’s been great all season long us, in the outfield and at the plate. He’s really doing it all, and that’s not even talking about his leadership skills and how great he is in the clubhouse.”

It’s been quite a comeback season for Gardner, who has followed a down 2018 by batting .248 with a career-high 25 homers, 66 RBI and an .823 OPS over 129 games in season in which he probably would have been the Yankees’ fourth outfielder if Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge had stayed healthy.

“I feel like the older I get, the smarter I get and I take better care of myself,” Gardner said. “I’m definitely not surprised that I’ve been able to stay healthy and maybe play more games than expected to. Obviously I’m not happy with the circumstances that led to that, with all the guys we’ve had out, but I knew I was up for the challenge.

"Even though it’s the middle of September, mentally and physically I feel great. I am ready for this stretch run.”

The Yankees are pushing toward their first AL East title since 2012 while battling the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in baseball, which will bring home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Gardner can’t wait. He won a World Series as a young Yankee when the franchise last won a championship in 2009, and he’s convinced the 2019 Yankees can get him a second ring.

With Hicks done for the year, Gardner will be the Yankees’ center fielder for the remainder of the year as a 36-year-old who looks to have found the fountain of youth.

“Obviously he takes great care of himself and he’s just very athletic,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Even at age 36, he still runs so well. He’s durable. He’s really competitive. He hasn’t stopped being a good player.

"We wouldn’t be this well off without him, that’s for sure.”
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