The New York Yankees have been on a roll the last few days. After losing a series each to the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees won five straight games. They won the last game of the Blue Jays series and swept the Orioles in four games.
The Yankees moved up to the 7th seed in the American League. They are still in playoff contention, however, they cannot beat themselves out of it. A Blue Jays revenge series would be the best thing for the Yankees, as they are four games back in the division behind the Tampa Bay Rays and the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays currently stand as the fifth seed in the American League. They are three and a half games back from the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. They are also coming off a series win against the New York Mets.
The first game it seemed like the Mets had the advantage, slaughtering the Jays 18-1. However, Toronto stood their ground and outscored the Mets 10-5 and won the series at home. Spanning back to after the series against the Miami Marlins, the Blue Jays had won every series from then on. In that span of time, they faced the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets.
Though the offense has been productive for the Jays, much like the Yankees, the starting catcher, Danny Jansen has struggled. It seems that even though he smacked a grand slam off Adam Ottavino on September 7th, he is still hitting under .200. Jansen seems to be the only weak link to this starting lineup. However, this is no time for the offense to slow down. Especially, given that the Yankees are putting out their top three starting pitchers.
Walker had a decent start last time out against the Yankees. The Blue Jays won 2-1, as Walker allowed only two hits, gave up five walks and struck out three in four innings. The control needs to be better for the Walker unless the Yankees come to the plate with no pitch recognition or plate discipline.
Roark started the final game against the Yankees last time out. However, he had a rocky start. Roark gave up two hits, two runs, three walks, and three strikeouts in four innings. Though the rocky appearance, Ross Stripling got the loss.
Chase Anderson had the worst start of the three scheduled pitchers. He only lasted two and a two-thirds innings giving up four hits, four runs, three runs, four strikeouts while throwing 67 pitches.
Chase Anderson and Tanner Roark will need to redeem themselves with better starts compared to their last appearances for this team to have a chance at winning the season series against the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees, as mentioned are coming off a series, in which they swept the Baltimore Orioles. Now, it is time for revenge against the Blue Jays.
The last series against the Jays, the bullpen made horrific history against Toronto. The bullpen gave up ten runs for the first time since 1932 in game one. Chad Green blew the lead and Adam Ottavino proceeded to give up ten runs.
In the third game, the team was reborn. Deivi Garcia had an impressive start, only suffering two runs and retiring most of the Blue Jays’ batting order. Gleyber Torres hit one home run and a double while knocking in three runs.
Since then, the bullpen has been better as well as the starting pitching and offense. Compared to the five-game losing streak the Yankees had when they were outscored 31-13, the last five games the Yankees outscored their opponents 28-5.
Gary Sanchez will need to start hitting again and lessen the strikeouts in order to stay in the lineup. However, Aaron Boone has not necessarily been hard on Sanchez for his struggles. Over the five-game winning streak, Sanchez had a batting average of .167. He went 2 for 12 in the four games he appeared in of the five.
The Yankees will be lining up Deivi Garcia, Gerrit Cole, and Masahiro Tanaka to start the three games vs Toronto. Deivi Garcia, as mentioned, was very impressive last time out as he allowed two runs, five hits, struck out six, and pitched seven innings with 95 pitches. Cole had a complete game in game one of the doubleheader last Friday against the Orioles as he shut out the Orioles allowing two hits, walking one, striking out nine over seven innings, and throwing 114 pitches. Tanaka redeemed himself last start as he allowed three hits, one run, struck out five as he went five innings and threw 91 pitches.
If the Yankees can redeem themselves starting with their pitching staff, they can work themselves back into the higher seeds of the American League.