The New York Yankees completed a 5-4 West Coast trip. Here are a few takeaways following the past nine games, from the starting pitching to injury news.
Last Friday, the Yankees were set to visit the dreaded Los Angeles Dodgers coming off being swept by the Oakland Athletics. To put it lightly, the Yankees did not play well in Oakland, and it was a legitimate reason for *some* concern. Fast forward to Wednesday night, and the Yankees have bounced back viciously. By taking two-out-of-three from the Dodgers and sweeping the Mariners, the Yanks went 5-4 on this road trip, which, all things considered, should be a success. Here are some takeaways from the past nine games.
The Starting Pitching is Two-Faced
In the postseason, it’s likely the Yankees will carry three starting pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and Domingo German. All three of those starters had starts that ranged from really good to simply awful. Let’s start with German. In Oakland, German got rocked for six runs and eight hits in 5.1 innings. On Sunday against the Dodgers, however, German tossed six innings of five-hit, one-run ball, although being hit hard. Meanwhile, Tanaka threw six innings and allowed five runs in Oakland, only to bounce back with seven scoreless in Seattle.
Finally, Paxton surrendered two runs and struck out 11 in 6.2 innings against Los Angeles, but had a mediocre outing on Wednesday. Although only allowing two runs, he walked five in five innings, which isn’t very great. Speaking of Paxton, he’s an interesting case. We’ve seen starts from Paxton where he looks flat out dominant, like April 16 against the Red Sox. Having said that, there are also times he looks brutal, like July 26th, which was also against Boston.
Perhaps when Luis Severino returns it will help stabilize the rotation. As of now, the postseason rotation isn’t terrible, but it’s also very inconsistent
The Yankees will get their First Baseman Back
Positive injury news? Let’s do it!
The New York Post on August 26th reported that Luke Voit could return to the Yankees lineup on Friday against the A’s. Voit is a crucial piece of the Yankees offense, and his return has been waited upon for nearly a month. Voit has 19 homers and 54 RBI while batting .278 with a .392 on-base percentage.
This would likely lead to Mike Ford’s demotion, which, although it would probably be the correct move, would be a tough decision to make, considering Ford’s recent Hot Streak. The first baseman batted .429 with four homers on the road trip. It was a small sample size, but impressive nonetheless.
With the end of the season nearing, it will be interesting to see how the team holds up, considering they have a hardy division lead under their belt.