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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:

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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.

Miami Marlins Series Preview: July 30 – August 1

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Well, after once again failing to sweep a series — the Yankees are now 3-10 when going for a sweep this year — and suffering their worst loss since 2007, the Bombers with their newfound lefty power head to Miami to take on the Marlins this weekend. The last time these two teams played, the Marlins took 2 of 3 to finish the 2020 season and qualify for the playoffs.

Game 92: Taillon, small ball, and long ball

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Just when you thought the Yankees were dead, they win two of three from the first place Red Sox by taking tonight’s rubber game, 9-1. I gotta say: I was preparing myself for a sweep after they fell behind 1-0 yesterday and looked pretty lifeless. So much for that.

With tonight’s win, the Yankees are now 7.5 games out of first place (six in the loss column). That’s still a big hill to climb, though these two sides meet again this weekend at Fenway Park. There’s also Toronto and Tampa Bay in between, of course. Meanwhile, the Bombers are 3.5 games (two in the loss column) out of a Wild Card spot. The season is far from over, as unpleasant as it’s been.

Tonight’s victory featured a little bit of everything. Jameson Taillon looked sharp, the bullpen did its thing, and the offense contributed a mix of small ball and long ball. Let’s break it down right after the jump.

Game 89: Not again

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What did we just watch? Seriously, I’m at a loss after watching the ninth inning. The Astros scored six runs off Chad Green (two inherited from Domingo Germán) to walk-off the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees had this game seemingly locked down, especially after Gary Sánchez’s three-run homer made the score 7-2 in the eighth inning. So much for that.

None other than José Altuve delivered the walk-off homer, because who else would? His three-run blast off Green capped Houston’s comeback. What a terrible way to go into the All-Star break. They were on the verge of sweeping the AL’s best team entering a very difficult stretch of schedule following the break. Instead, it’s a gut-wrenching loss.

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