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16 hours ago  ::  Sep 25, 2021 - 9:23AM #2651
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New York Yankees 9/25: 3 Major takeaways from win over the Red Sox


by: William Parlee Empire Sports Media


Last night the New York Yankees entered one of their most critical series of the season to hold on to a wild-card berth in the postseason. The New York Yankees opened a three-game series with their traditional age-long rivals Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees put ace Gerrit Cole on the mound to face one of the Red Sox’s most successful pitchers Nathan Eovaldi in that effort. The effort came up big as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-3.


Gerrit Cole gets the job done


New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole took the mound at Fenway Park last night against one of the best Red Sox pitchers, Nathan Eovaldi, with the hope of bouncing back from one of his worst losses of the season. He did that, although certainly not with dominance. Instead, he had a lot of run support right off the bat with the help of Eovaldi, who just didn’t have it.


Cole went six innings giving up three earned runs and walking 3 for an ERA in the neighborhood of 4.50, not anything to brag about. What should be somewhat disturbing to the Yankees is that Cole had his best months during April and May. During June and July, he was just okay. Unfortunately, September hasn’t been as good pitching really well in only two of five games started. Going into a possible postseason, the Yankees and fans can only hope he can rise to the occasion and has not tired.


Last night the New York Yankees entered one of their most critical series of the season to hold on to a wild-card berth in the postseason. The New York Yankees opened a three-game series with their traditional age-long rivals Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees put ace Gerrit Cole on the mound to face one of the Red Sox’s most successful pitchers Nathan Eovaldi in that effort. The effort came up big as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-3.


Gerrit Cole gets the job done


New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole took the mound at Fenway Park last night against one of the best Red Sox pitchers, Nathan Eovaldi, with the hope of bouncing back from one of his worst losses of the season. He did that, although certainly not with dominance. Instead, he had a lot of run support right off the bat with the help of Eovaldi, who just didn’t have it.


Cole went six innings giving up three earned runs and walking 3 for an ERA in the neighborhood of 4.50, not anything to brag about. What should be somewhat disturbing to the Yankees is that Cole had his best months during April and May. During June and July, he was just okay. Unfortunately, September hasn’t been as good pitching really well in only two of five games started. Going into a possible postseason, the Yankees and fans can only hope he can rise to the occasion and has not tired.


The Yankees inch closer to the postseason


With the win last night and the Toronto Blue Jays loss, the Yankees inched closer to a sure berth in the wild-card round. With the win over the Rangers in the last game of that series and the win last night, the Yankees are now in sole possession of the second wild-card berth. Also, with the win, the Red Sox are just one game up on them for home-field advantage. If the Yankees can sweep the Red Sox on their own turf, they will have that number one spot and home-field advantage, going into a three-game series with the Blue Jays that are lagging by 2 games with only 8 games remaining in the regular season.


Notes: Game number two of the Red Sox series will be today at 4:10 pm at Fenway Park. Nestor Cortes Jr. will be on the mound for the Yankees and Nick Pivetta for the Red Sox. The game will be televised on the YES Network, NESN, and MLBN out of market.

15 hours ago  ::  Sep 25, 2021 - 10:26AM #2652
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THE TEAM:


MLB - Stakes are high with The Rivalry resuming


FN - Why the Yankees Have Hope in Brutal Stretch to Finish Regular Season


MLB - 'Good first punch': Yanks within 1 of WC tie


NY Post - Which Yankees team will show up next after biggest win of season?


Yahoo! - Yankees takeaways from Friday's 8-3 win over Red Sox, including an early offensive onslaught


SSTN - SSTN Weekly Mailbag: Wild Card Catcher, Sevy and Kluber, and Playoff Odds!


NYY - Stat of the Day: Lights-out bullpen


NorthJersey.com - Stronger, deeper Yankees' bullpen could play a pivotal role in their playoff drive


TSN - Aaron Boone, Jayce Tingler top list of MLB managers on hot seat as 2021 season nears end


SSTN - Perspectives: The Final Stretch


THE PLAYERS:


NY Post - Yankees’ Gleyber Torres a different player since position switch


NJ.com - Yankees front office split on what to do with Gary Sanchez


FN - Michael King's 'Special' Stretch Is Glimpse of What's to Come


SNY - Could Luis Severino be in rotation if they make postseason?


FN - Joely Rodríguez Has Gone From Afterthought to Valued Member of Yankees’ Pen


FN - Yankees' Loáisiga Progressing Toward Return From Injured List


OTHER:


SNY - A nearly perfect SS solution for Yankees: Steal Marcus Semien from Toronto


SSTN - The All NYY Non-HOF Team: Position First Team


SSTN - The All NYY Non-HOF Team: Position Honorable Mentions


SSTN - The All NYY Non-HOF Team: Pitching First Team


SSTN - The All NYY Non-HOF Team: Pitching Honorable Mentions


MLB:


FanGraphs - The 3,000 Hit Club Is Closed for Maintenance


SSTN - SSTN Interviews Daniel R. Epstein, Co-Director of IBWAA


SSTN - How Long Should A Major League Baseball Game Be? By Russ Walsh (Special from the IBWAA)

14 hours ago  ::  Sep 25, 2021 - 11:27AM #2653
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YankeeSource: Gleyber Torres as SS: .251/.319/.351 (387 AB) as 2B (SSS): .350/.435/.475 (40 AB)
14 hours ago  ::  Sep 25, 2021 - 11:28AM #2654
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Projecting the Yankees’ rotation down the stretch


by: Joshua Diemert SB Nation: Pinstripe Alley


When do you slot in Gerrit Cole?


You might say that Gerrit Cole was signed to start game one of a playoff series — the ace of the AL, exactly the guy who gets the ball to start the ALDS, and then again in a possible game five. This year, with the Yankees clawing for their playoff lives, it may not be Cole’s performance in the division round that determines the Yankee season, but how the club uses him in the final nine games of the season.


By the time you’ll read this, we’ll all know how Cole did in his start Friday night at Fenway, and we know that he’ll take the mound for one of the games in the upcoming Blue Jays series. The Yankees are off Monday, so he could line up for the second game of that Jays series on Wednesday on regular rest. This would require skipping another Yankee in the rotation, but I think getting Cole in on the Wednesday instead of the Thursday is critical.


Cole, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Jordan Montgomery all throw against the Red Sox, as the Yankees send their best in the biggest series of the season. After the off day, they can start the NEXT biggest series of the season in Toronto with Corey Kluber, followed by Cole and Cortes on regular rest.


Now maybe the Yankees go 6-0 in those two series, but more likely they face a situation where they still need at least one win at home against Tampa in the season’s final series, and here’s where the risk calculus starts. Cole could go on short rest on Sunday if he needed to, which would be the first time he’s started on three days’ rest in the regular season, though of course, the Yankees’ ace did make a start on short rest last season in the ALDS against those very same Rays, throwing 5.1 innings of one-run ball.


I’m not super worried about Cole going on short rest — he’s said publicly that he prefers when the stakes are high, and was champing at the bit to work in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series on what would have been two days rest — but what happens if the Yankee situation is more complex on that final Sunday than just “win and you’re in”?


If a win on the last day of the season is needed to secure a Wild Card slot, you start Cole. Jordan Montgomery has been very good this season, and I’m comfortable knowing he can handle a Wild Card start if Cole can deliver a win on the last day of the season. But what’s interesting to me, is what the Yankees do if they have a postseason spot locked up, but not their seeding.


So let’s say the Yankees and Red Sox are tied heading into the final day of the year, and the Blue Jays are two games or more out. We have our two Wild Card teams, but we don’t know who hosts the one-game playoff. In that case, I think it’s likely worthwhile to keep Cole set for the single-elimination game, even if you risk losing home field.





This is the pregame win expectancy for last night’s start, one with Gerrit Cole on regular rest, on the road. That’s exactly the kind of situation we would expect in a potential away Wild Card game, and the Yankees have a 53.4 percent chance of winning. Typically, “home field advantage” equates to about a 54 percent win expectancy, so, by starting Gerrit Cole on regular rest, you virtually neutralize the opponent’s home field advantage right out of the gate.Of course, the Yankees might also win that Sunday game, especially if a playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays runs out a weaker lineup. In this situation, the Yankees cannot punt the lineup for game 162, but it’s probably worth keeping Cole in reserve, since he cancels out home field advantage, and brings with him that potential of absolute dominance — just ask the 2021 Astros.


Really, the whole rotation question is simple. If the Yankees need to win the game in order to play again in 2021, you start Gerrit Cole for that game, and worry about tomorrow’s game tomorrow. The Yankees have gotten too cute by half before when it comes to crucial games — paging a Happ, a Mr. J.A. Happ — but fortunately for them, this time around the decision is easy. Cole goes Friday, Cole goes Wednesday, and hopefully you’ve taken care of business before game 162, and he gets the ball for a Wild Card start wherever that happens.

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