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Jameson Taillon exits tonight’s game due to apparent injury

Update, 9:23pm:

And that confirms it. Assuming the same timeframe for a return as he just tried to come back from, his season is over.

Original post:

Jameson Taillon left tonight’s game in the third inning due to injury. I can’t help but wonder if Taillon aggravated the ankle tendon tear that sidelined him for most of September. It wasn’t clear what bothered Taillon from watching the broadcast, but I think it’s a reasonable assumption.

Needless to say, it’s a bummer to lose Taillon again so quickly. His stuff looked pretty crisp for a guy who hadn’t pitched since September 6th. There are still a bunch of hurdles for the Yankees to cross in order to get to the ALDS, but having a healthy Taillon would’ve made the pitching-rich Yankees even richer in a long series. Alas.

More to come.

Mailbag: Playoff bullpen, Taillon’s workload, 40-man crunch

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Happy Friday and Labor Day weekend, everyone. It’s looking like an absolutely gorgeous next few days in New York now that the remnants of Ida have passed through here. I hope any of you affected by the storm are safe and sound now that it’s passed by. Things got pretty hairy here for a bit, that’s for sure.

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve opened the mailbag, but it returns today. There are a few questions to address after the jump, but first, a reminder to send your questions to viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet us @ViewsFrom314Ft. We’ll include our favorites in future editions.

Game 122: Yankees win the goal line stand

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Calling a game between the Yankees and Twins a goal line stand probably isn’t fair. The history between these two clubs is so one sided, it’s more like a D-line from the NFL overpowering a collegiate O-line. Terrible analogy, but whatever. Once again, the Yankees beat the Twins, this time by the score of 7-5.

Tonight’s game had the makings of a laugher. Jameson Taillon was dominant through five and the Yankees had a 6-0 lead. Yet, as this year’s Bronx Bombers are wont to do, the game had to end with a save situation. I won’t complain too much, though. They keep winning (seven straight now) and are getting healthier. Maybe one game this weekend will be a blowout, but perhaps that’s too much to ask. Anyway, let’s get to tonight’s takeaways.

Game 107: Taillon dazzles again

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Although the final score favored the Yankees 10-3, this game was pretty close for the first six and a half innings. The Yankees trailed early (3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth), tied things up by the fifth, and then exploded for five runs in the seventh thanks to some timely hitting and ugly Baltimore defense.

The offense may have scored double digits for a second consecutive game, but the story today was Jameson Taillon. He dominated the Orioles’ lineup, and as I’ll discuss momentarily, pitched even better than what the box score indicates. With that, let’s get right to the takeaways:

What’s fueled Jameson Taillon’s turnaround?

July’s American League Pitcher of the Month takes the ball for the Yankees tonight in the rubber game against the Orioles. Who saw that award coming for Jameson Taillon? Especially after that awful June 12th start against the Phillies in which he recorded just one out. At that point, Taillon owned a 5.74 ERA in 12 starts, which was 11th-worst among starters with at least 50 innings pitched. Ever since, the righty has pitched to a 2.28 ERA in his last eight starts coming into tonight. What a turnaround.

The funny thing about Taillon’s ascent is that it’s a bit difficult to point to anything underlying that’s driving his improvement. There’s one obvious difference in terms of results: he’s keeping the ball in the yard much more often. Through that start in Philly, the righty had a 1.69 HR/9 and a 13.7 percent HR/FB. Since, he stands at 1.14 HR/9 and a 9.4 percent HR/FB. That’ll do wonders for the ol’ ERA. Determining how Taillon has cut back on home runs allowed isn’t too obvious, though.

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