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Game 157: Luis Severino is Brilliant as Yankees Dismiss Jays 8-3

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Another day, another extremely encouraging Yankees game. Luis Severino continued to defy expectations. Aaron Judge mashed. Giancarlo Stanton is looking really comfortable at the plate. And on and on and on. You have just got to love it. Here is the box score from the Yankees 8-3 thrashing of the still annoying Blue Jays.

That was the Yankees’ 102nd win of the season. Win two more and they surpass the 2009 team and become the winningest Yankee team since the all-time 1998 team. How fun. (Houston, for what its worth, is demolishing the Angels as of writing, so they’ll remain 2 games off-pace for HFA. That ship, I think, has sailed. And that’s fine.)

Let’s get right to the takeaways.

1. Holy Hell, Luis Severino: I am going to say it again. Holy hell, Luis Severino. Had you given me the chance to script out Severino’s first two starts of the season, I don’t think I could have drawn them up much better than this. Here is his line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K. He threw 80 pitches–exactly his limit–and 54 of them were strikes (68%). Here was his pitch usage:

  • Fastball: 46
  • Slider: 18
  • Change: 16

As expected, he mixed it up all day as he tries to regain his stuff. If there was *anything* bad you could have said about his first start, it’s that his slider wasn’t quite as sharp as you’d like. That wasn’t the case today, as he did get two swings-and-misses on the pitch (including 2 strikeouts, one of which was looking). It was a mighty impressive performance. The pitch just looked sharp, too.

But the story of the day was the fastball. I cannot say enough positive things about it. Per Brooks Baseball, the Blue Jays swung at 24 of them–and came up empty 12 times. That’s a 50% whiff-per-swing rate! Check this out:

Small sample obviously, but gosh is it encouraging to see Severino blowing his fastball by guys. Bad lineups and all, but our man has straight-up dominated two consecutive lineups with his fastball–and it still isn’t even up to full velocity. He has yet to surrender a run in 2019.

His average velocity was just a hair under 97 mph and he topped out at 99 mph. Yet again, he maintained that velocity throughout. Check it out:

That is a beautiful image right there. He kept his velocity constant and was sitting 98 mph in the 5th inning. There are other beautiful images from this game, too. Here is one of them:

Here is another one:

See pitch number 7 there? That was a 98 mph fastball on the black with two strikes. McKinney was completely frozen on it. Here is the video, which is even prettier:

I could go on and on about Severino, honestly. I am so damn encouraged and amped up by these performances. It’s pretty incredible to think that the Yankees just won their 102nd game of the year despite this being Severino’s second start of the season.

It is going to be so cool to have him fully-rested and healthy going into October. He is so, so good, and at this point, I don’t see how Severino doesn’t get the ball for Game 2 of the ALDS. How awesome.

2. Aaron Judge is Underappreciated: I am not sure if you know this, but Aaron Judge is incredibly good at baseball. But I am here to say that, despite being on this Yankees team, he is somehow underrated. Hear me out. Coming into today, Judge was hitting .290/.377/.710 (172 wRC+) in 122 plate appearances since August 21. In that span, he hit 13 home runs with a walk rate north of 11%. He had hit a home run in 3 of his last 5 games. I know that we’re partially to blame here, with a website and all, but it does feel like this ridiculous run is flying under the radar, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s because Judge is one of those players that everyone just expects to be good. But it sure does feel like DJLM, Gardner, Gio, etc. have all gotten tons of praise while Judge just keeps on keepin’ on.

Anyway, speaking of, here is what he did in the first inning today:

That is a majestic–and I mean majestic–home run right there. Per Statcast, that was a 102 mph blast that traveled 420 feet. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

There are a lot of good players on the Yankees, especially on this version of the team, but let me extremely clear about something: none of them are as good as Aaron Judge. I don’t think it is even close. There is a narrative–you see it on Twitter and hear it from guys like A-Rod– that other players like Gary Sánchez are better “pure” hitters or whatever. It is nonsense. Utter nonsense.

There are 228 qualified hitters since the start of 2017, Judge’s coming-out party. Here is the fWAR leaderboard in that period with games played in parentheses:

  1. Mike Trout: 25.1 (388)
  2. Mookie Betts: 22.0 (435)
  3. Christian Yelich: 20.0 (433)
  4. Anthony Rendon: 20.0 (422)
  5. Alex Bregman: 18.8 (461)
  6. Francisco Lindor: 17.9 (453)
  7. Aaron Judge: 17.7 (364)
  8. Jose Ramirez: 17.5 (435)
  9. Nolan Arenado: 17.2 (465)
  10. Jose Altuve: 15.9 (408)

Look at our man. There he is, sitting 7th on that list, with 24 fewer games played than the next closet in the top 10. He and Trout, who is a literal machine, are the only two players with fewer than 400 games played. He’s played 90 (!) fewer games than Lindor and has been just as valuable.

Staying on the field, of course, is a skill in-and-of-itself, but I think the point is clear: Aaron Judge is a hell of a player. I’m not sure we talk about it enough. We are lucky to root for him. He went 2-4 with that mammoth blast today, so just another day at the park. Ho-hum.

3. Auditioning for the Playoff Roster: Before today’s game, Aaron Boone noted that while Montgomery was going to pitch again, there was no set plan for his usage because the team wants to check out certain guys before October. I think that makes sense. It was therefore interesting to see Stephen Tarpley, Tyler Lyons, and Nestor Cortes come on in relief of Severino. There is some reading of the tea leaves involved there but that suggests that they could be an option? I doubt it. But remember, Tarpley did make the roster for both the Wild Card Game and the ALDS last year. It’s not impossible. Here are their lines:

  • Stephen Tarpley: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Tyler Lyons: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 HR), 1 K
  • Cortes Jr.: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 HR), 1 BB, 2 K

Personally, I think the last 2 bullpen spots will go to Cessa and Loaisiga. This was not a banner day for any of these guys. I don’t want any of them anywhere near October.

Leftovers

  • Brett Gardner Forever: Brett Gardner is having himself a hell of a season. I have written about everything I can about him right here in these takeaways over the last few months. You’re probably tired of reading it. The long and short of it is that I love him and you probably do too. He did two notable things today. In the 5th, he hit a soft grounder up the line….and then ran to the dugout rather than allow the Blue Jays the pleasure of tagging him. Hilarious. He also did this:
  • Stanton Tracker: Stanton went 0-1 with a walk, a sac fly, and a run scored today. My man Big G continues to impress in his return back from the IL. He also fielded a base hit in the top of the 6th, which was the only defensive play I made note of. It’s possible I missed some, even though I meant to track this. Oh well. Here is the video of the sac fly:
  • Another Multi-Hit Day for DJLM: Another day, another two-hit game for DJLM. He leads the league in that category this year. He went 2-4 with two runs scored today, including one on this blast:
  • Luke Voit With A Nice Game: Luke Voit was 1-3 with an RBI single, which feels like it’s worth noting only because people seem to think he is going to sit in the playoffs. Dear reader, he will not sit, nor should he. Anyway, here’s the single:
  • Get Your Tissues Ready: The Yankees honored CC Sabathia before the game today, and, well, it got REAL dusty up in my apartment for some reason. Weird. I’ve included video of the ceremony, including the two prepared videos they played on the scoreboard. They’re all worth watching. Nothing but love for CC.

Up Next

An off-day! Today was the final game of the final homestand of the season, which is insane. There won’t be another game in the Bronx until October 4, when the Yankees will host Game 1 of the ALDS. I’m ready for it.

The Yankees will play next on Tuesday against the Rays in the Trop for the final week of the regular season. That’ll be a 7:10 pm start. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, folks. It’s another gorgeous one out there.

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DoTF: Montgomery, Betances continue rehab; Thunder win ELCS Game 1

News & Notes

  • Trenton made the above roster moves before their championship series, getting five players back from Scranton after the RailRiders were eliminated.
  • Luis Severino is scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Game 2 for Trenton with a limit of 60-65 pitches. Clarke Schmidt and Michael King are the probables for Games 3 and 4.
  • Bowie, Trenton’s opponent, is coached by Buck Britton, Zack Britton’s brother.

Double-A Trenton Thunder ELCS Game 1: (6-2 win over Bowie) … Trenton leads the best-of-5 series, 1-0 … Game 2 will be in Trenton on Wednesday with Games 3-5 in Bowie.

  • Rehab Start: LHP Jordan Montgomery: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 30 of 50 (60%) pitches were strikes … After allowing two runs and making an error to start his outing, he retired the last nine batters he faced … He’s a step behind Severino pitch count-wise as the Yankees aren’t rushing him.
  • Rehab: RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP — Had a man on third with no one out and got out of it … Touched 95 mph on the gun and sat 92-93 mph … Got five swinging strikes on 20 pitches … Could pitch again Thursday or Friday depending on Yankees’ plans.
  • Rehab: LHP Stephen Tarpley: 1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 K, 1 HBP — First rehab game for the reliever … Sat 92-93 with his fastball … He’s unlikely to make NYY postseason roster, but he should be back soon.
  • In Relief: LHP James Reeves: 2.1 IP, 2 H, zeros, 3 K
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 0.2 IP, zeros, 2 K
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1 IP, zeros
  • Hitting Star: SS Kyle Holder: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, sac fly
  • On Deck: C Kellin Deglan: 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K
  • On Deck: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 1-for-2, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 fielding errors
  • On Deck: DH Brandon Wagner: 1-for-2, R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Notables: RF Isiah Gilliam went 0-for-3 with a R, 2 BB and a K … 3B Angel Aguilar went 2-for-4 with 2 K… 1B Chris Gittens went 0-for-4 with a BB and 4 K … LF Ben Ruta went 1-for-5 with 2 K.

Game 113: Just as they drew it up

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After more than an hour rain delay, Mike Tauchman and Austin Romine decided to steal the show in the Yankees 9-4 victory of the Orioles. It’s late, so let’s get right to the takeaways:

Aaron Boone had little choice but to stretch out Jonathan Holder and Stephen Tarpley. I saw plenty of complaints on Twitter tonight about the skipper giving Holder and Tarpley too long of a leash. But really, what options did Boone have?

When it was all said and done, Holder, Tarpley, and Nestor Cortes combined for seven innings of work and allowed four runs. Really, you couldn’t ask for more from that trio. In particular, Cortes deserves some extra credit for stabilizing things. He pitched two-and-a-third clean innings in relief of Holder and Tarpley.

Now, there have been valid criticisms of Boone’s bullpen tactics in the past, but tonight wasn’t one of them. He was dealt a poor hand for this one. Really, the issue is that the Yankees do not have enough starting pitchers at the moment, a need they failed to address in the offseason and trade deadline.

Is there anything Mike Tauchman can’t do? First, Tauchman took Orioles’ starter Asher Wojciechowski deep to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second. Here’s the Tauchman dinger, his third in two days:

Tauchman’s wRC+ is up to 140 in 193 plate appearances, just like we all predicted.

The outfielder wasn’t done, though. In the 4th inning, he went airborne:

Half Tauchman, Half Amazing.

That leaping grab robbed Pedro Severino of a homer that would have cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-3.

Later, Tauchman pushed across an insurance run in the 8th inning. He ripped a double down the left field line to push the lead to 7-4 at the time. On the first pitch to the next batter, he swiped third base with ease.

In the spirit of the next man up mentality, Austin Romine has been excellent in Gary Sánchez’s absence. Entering tonight’s game, Romine has hit .348/.407/.783 (196 wRC+) since The Kraken went on the injured list. It’s simply remarkable how even when the injury bug bites, all of the other pieces fall into place.

Tonight, Romine delivered another big hit: a two-run double in the fourth inning to right-center.

By the way, it’s not just Romine filling in for Gary admirably. His overall numbers are nothing special, but he’s been great at the dish with runners on base and in scoring position. Look at these splits:

  • Bases empty: .164/.197/.274 (18 wRC+)
  • Runners on base: .353/.375/.529 (136 wRC+)
  • Runners in scoring position: .342/.366/.447 (114 wRC+)

Pretty incredible, to say the least. Romine’s gotten the job done when it’s mattered most.

Of course, Romine wasn’t done yet. I’m sure he wanted to improve his bases empty split, right? Here’s what he did to lead off the sixth:

That was no cheapie. The ball carried 406 feet and left Romine’s bat at 102.7 MPH.

For an encore, Romine doubled to lead off the 8th inning. Regression to the mean with the bases empty, folks.

Maybe the Yankees should have been more careful with Gleyber Torres. There are no words for the absurdity that is the Yankees’ health this season. My first thought after Breyvic Valera took over at second base was: why weren’t the Yankees more careful with their 22 year-old budding superstar?

Then came the mid-game cryptic update:

I’m sure there’ll be a more detailed report later tonight or tomorrow, but that sounds no different than what he suffered Sunday.

The most perplexing thing about all of this is how they decided not to rest Torres out of precaution. They’ve done it with day-to-day injuries for other players recently: Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, and Gio Urshela have all been given a reprieve without actually going on the injured list (at least immediately). Why the Yankees didn’t do the same with Torres is bizarre. Plus, the division lead is huge right now and the Yankees could have afforded to be patient.

Granted, the tests on Torres’s core after Sunday’s exit came back clean. That said, he wasn’t given an MRI at the time. As foolhardy as this thought probably seems to medical professionals: I’m genuinely curious as to why not. I mean, given all of the fumbles and setbacks injured players and the training staff has had this season, I think it’s fair to be skeptical of the organization’s handling at this point.

Whatever the disconnect is, the optics are horrible.

Leftovers:

  • DJ LeMahieu went back-to-back with Tauchman, hitting his 18th homer of the season. Every dinger he hits the rest of the way will set a new single season career best for him.
  • A couple batters after the two homers in a row, Didi Gregorius chipped in one of his own. His offense hasn’t quite taken off just yet and he’s still working to reach above average per wRC+, so hopefully this is a good sign.
  • The home run barrage continued in the eighth inning: Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin went back-to-back to prop up the Yankees to a 9-4 lead.
  • Adam Ottavino recorded a save after pitching the final two innings of tonight’s game. He entered in the eighth after Cortes allowed the leadoff runner aboard. It was his first save of the season.

There’s one more game in Baltimore tomorrow night before the Yankees head north to Toronto. A win tomorrow would make it eight straight wins for the Bombers.

Game 98: Paxton Underperforms as Rockies Smash Yanks 8-4

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Well, so ends the Yankees 5-game winning streak. They “fall” to 64-34 on the season as they lost by more than 2 runs for the first time since June 23. Boston lost to Baltimore 5-0, mustering just one hit, and lost that series overall, so that’s nice. Tampa Bay won, though. Oh well.

Let’s get right to the takeaways, since this was a blah one.

1. A Tough Outing for James Paxton: Fair to say that start was not among James Paxton’s finest, eh? His final line for the day ended up at 3.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR on an inefficient 63 pitches. Believe it or not, there’s actually quite a bit to unpeel here.

Let’s start with the obvious: the first inning woes continue. On his 2nd pitch of the afternoon, Paxton allowed a lead-off home run to Charlie Blackmon, and it wasn’t a cheapie. Check it out:

That one traveled 373 feet into the Yankee bullpen, and while Paxton didn’t surrender anything else in the inning, he is still a liability in the 1st. His splits continue to be dramatic, per YES Network’s James Smyth:

I mean, yeesh. Blackmon is a good hitter, hitting .318/.364/.599 (131 wRC+) so it’s not the end of the world, but this is certainly a real trend at this point. Derek explored it in the mailbag–turns out that Paxton’s velocity really increases as the game goes on, so check that out if you missed it.

This time, though, Paxton didn’t get any better as the game went on. He actually got a bit worse. After a nice 2nd inning, here is the breakdown for the 3rd inning:

  1. Walk to Chris Ianetta (really?)
  2. Tony Wolters sacrifice bunt, error charged to Luke Voit (1st and 2nd, no out)
  3. Charlie Blackmon single (bases loaded, no outs)
  4. 5-pitch Trevor Story strikeout (after a 2-0 count)
  5. 2-run Arenado double (3-2 pitch after a 2-0 count)
  6. Daniel Murphy groundball (Voit threw home, getting Blackmon in a rundown)
  7. 2-run David Dahl base hit
  8. Ryan McMahon strikeout

This is pretty self-explanatory, obviously, but I want to focus on a few things. One, that Luke Voit error was a real blow to the inning. Paxton was awful–you just can’t walk 87 wRC+ catcher Chris Ianetta–but that error didn’t help. That’s why 3 of these 4 runs go unearned for him, but still Paxton has to be a lot better there.

Two, it really felt like Paxton was this close to both getting out of the inning and then again this close to limiting the damage, even after the Arenado double. After falling behind Arenado 2-0, the count evened at 2-2 and he almost got Arenado to chase for strike three. Instead, Arenado just held up and eventually hit a double.

Now, there’s no good way to attack a hitter as good as Arenado, there really isn’t, but look at the location of those last two pitches in the AB compared to Arenado’s wOBA by contact zone:

Yeah, those are right in the sweet spot. Not really any surprises that Arenado did damage on that pitch. Here’s the video:

And then, finally, with two outs in the inning, Paxton jumped ahead of David Dahl 2-0. At this point, after an error and the bases loaded and no outs for Story, Arenado, and Murphy, it looked like Paxton might escape with just two runs. That would have been pretty good, all things considered. Instead, he left one right out over the plate:

And Dahl did this:

Blagh. Very frustrating. After a strikeout, the 3rd inning was over, but Paxton threw 61 pitches and the Yankees were down 5-1. Not ideal.

(Two more runs would be charged to Paxton in the 4th, on another rally that began with an inexplicable leadoff walk to Chris Ianetta.)

Now, Colorado is a good offense–their 5.45 runs/per game ranks 4th in baseball, behind just the Twins, Yankees, and Red Sox–but Paxton has to be better than this. He really hasn’t hit his stride since returning, and you have to think the Yankees were expecting more from Big Maple so far. Maybe he’s still hurt. Whatever it is, Paxton has just got to be better.

2. Crushed By the Top of the Order: Incredibly, 8th hitter and catcher Chris Ianetta walked 3 whole times today! 3 whole times, all to lead off an inning. He scored every damn time. That is inexcusable by Yankee pitching even on a good day, but it’s particularly dangerous when they go against an offense like Colorado’s. Coors effect or not (there is tons of evidence to suggest that park factors penalize Coors too much, for what it’s worth), the top of that order can really hit. They made the Yanks pay today.

Blackmon, Story, Arenado, and Murphy today hit .421 (8-19) with 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, and 4 runs scored. That will not get the job done at all, guys. They were a constant pain to the Yanks and they really did most of the damage. Good hitters all, but still so infuriating (and helpless) to watch. Oh well.

3. Mike Tauchman Continues to Impress: Back when the Yankees traded for Mike Tauchman right before Opening Day, Lindsey Adler reported (subs req’d) that the Yankees believed that Tauchman had “Luke Voit-like” qualities. What that meant was that his minor league batted ball data suggested that he hit the ball really hard–in other words, that he was a hidden gem. (Such data is proprietary to teams, meaning we can’t see it to verify, and since Tauchman had only 69 MLB PA prior to 2019, we can’t go off that, either.) Derek wrote about his background for River Ave Blues.

Now, I’m not suggesting that Tauchman is going to go on a Voit-like tear or emerge as an All-Star worthy player or anything, but I do think we’re close to the point where we have to wonder if Tauchman’s earning himself a role on the team. Here’s what he did today:

Tauchman really struck that ball, which traveled 364 feet to right and left the bat at 105 mph. That pitch was located right down the middle of the plate. Check it out:

That’s an 89-mph slider right there, which is just begging to be hit, but Tauchman still hit it. On the series, he went .571 (4-7) with 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 4 runs. He displayed true hustle and great defense against his former team, and honestly, he looks like the perfect 4th outfielder. Check out his Statcast fielding and running statistics on the season:

  • Catch Percent Added: 6% (meaning he catches 91% of all balls hit at him when Statcast estimates those exact balls would be caught 85% of the time by an average outfielder)
  • Jump: 0.6 feet above average (top 10%)
  • Reaction: 0.3 feet above average (top 10%)
  • Burst: 0.5 feet above average(top 10%)
  • Sprint Speed: 27.9 feet per second (top 75%)

Plus, we know his arm is good. And, he’s hitting. He has a .248/.338/.464 (111 wRC+) with 6 HR and 9 2B in 31 hits (about 50% XBH%) and a 12.0% BB% on the season. That’s not bad for a 4th outfielder, now is it? In fact, it’s pretty much ideal, especially when you couple it with the fact that he was able to slot in last minute as Gardner was a late scratch (more on that below). Very impressive stuff from Tauchman. Yet again, never doubt Brian Cashman.

4. Another Good Day for the Bullpen: The stats say what they say, but in my mind, the Yankees have the best bullpen in baseball and it’s not close. Others are performing well, but on a talent-per-arm basis, I think it’s the Yankees and it’s not close. Today is one of those games where it’s easy to miss because of the fact that the Yankees were losing for most of the game, but check it out.

Green, Ottavino, Tarpley, and Chapman combined for 5.1 IP as a unit, allowing just 5 hits, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB and generating 7 strikeouts. Don’t sleep on how important that is. The Yankees were getting crushed by the time Paxton’s line was done–it was 7-1–and the bullpen just shut the door right there, more or less. It’s a rare day when a team can come back from a 6-run deficit, but the bullpen gave the Yankees potent offense every chance to do so today. They deserve props for that.

Leftovers

  • Gary Sánchez Catcher Interference: In that weird 3rd inning I wrote about in-depth above, there was a lucky break for the Yanks in the McMahon at-bat that eventually ended the inning. I can’t find the video but on his 1st swing of the AB, McMahon’s swing absolutely hit Sánchez’s glove on the backswing, but it wasn’t called. I don’t know where to look this up (I didn’t look hard at all) but it seems like this is happening to Gary a lot this season. More than in year’s past, at least. I wonder if he’s changed up his stance behind the plate or something, and I wonder if that has anything to do with the better blocking/worse framing (with public data, word is that teams view his framing differently). Who knows? Just a thing worth noting, I guess.
  • Late Scratch for Brett Gardner: Brett Gardner was originally slotted into today’s lineup, but was scratched at the last minute due to left knee soreness, per NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty. After an offseason of preaching about how Gardner needs a lot of rest and can’t play every day, he has played in 92 of 97 games this season. Baseball, predictions, Suzyn. You get the gist.
  • Human Cyborg Luke Voit Now Has a Faceguard: After taking a fastball to the chin, Voit now has an extended helmet with one of those facemasks that goes down to the chin, much like Stanton does. Unlike Stanton, though, Voit somehow did not break his face when a 91-mph fastball hit it. Instead, like an actual cyborg, he played today and honestly? You couldn’t even tell by looking at him that the dude was smacked in the face with a 91-mph fastball today. I know DJLM is the machine, but I think we might have to reevaluate that one. Crazy.
  • Aaron Hicks is Getting Hot: Aaron Hicks is up to .250/.340/.472 (112 wRC+) and 10 HR in 209 AB on the season now. He’s quietly been getting back to form over the past few weeks, and his line is reflecting that after what was a rough start from his return from injury. He’s really been red-hot recently, though. Here is Hicks’ line since June 22, in 86 plate appearances: .324/.395/.608 (158 wRC+) with 6 2B, 5 HR, 16 runs scored, 14 RBI, and an 11.6% BB%. His stellar defense has never changed. Aaron is a real stud, and he’s reminding everyone why the Yankees extended him before the season. In addition to a walk, Aaron hit a 2-run homer today. Enjoy:

Up Next

That concludes this current homestand. The team will now travel to Minnesota to take on the first-place Twins. Tomorrow’s game will begin at 8:10 pm EST at Target Field with CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.06 ERA) taking on Martín Pérez (8-3, 4.10 ERA). Enjoy the rest of your afternoon, everyone.

Yankees Activate Domingo Germán from Injured List

One year ago tomorrow.

As expected, the Yankees have activated Domingo Germán (hip) from the 10-day injured list. He will pitch tonight’s game against the Mets.

The 26-year-old has a 9-2 record with a 3.86 ERA (4.10 FIP) in 70 innings this year, striking out 26% of the batters he faces and walking only 6%. German was a legitimate ace for the first part of the season, though he’d struggled before being placed on the IL. Hopefully that’s corrected itself. This also means that Chad Green can return to the back-end of the bullpen, where he belongs. Hooray for that!

The corresponding move was to option Stephen Tarpley back to Triple-A. The 26-year-old has a 9.64 ERA (8.14 FIP) in just 9.1 innings this year. I expect we’ll see him again this year. He’s a part of the Scranton bullpen shuttle, after all.

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