The Yankees just dropped a frustrating series with the Rays. It doesn’t get much worse than having the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and not pushing a single run across. The Bombers did just that, though, and it was awful. The best part about baseball, however, is the length of the season. There’s another game, another series, another chance to succeed. The Yankees can shake off those losses when the Blue Jays come to town for a three-game set.
Game One: Lance Lynn vs. Marcus Stroman
Lynn, 31, came over from the Twins in a rather surprising trade. He was never connected to the Yankees in any rumors, but Brian Cashman landed him anyway. And good thing, too, as the right-hander owns a 0.54 ERA (1.24 FIP) in pinstripes. He has made two starts and one outing in long relief. Lynn made one start against Toronto, at the end of April, where the Blue Jays spotted six runs on five innings. He seems like a different pitcher now, though, and I’m looking forward to another start.
Stroman, meanwhile, is caught in the midst of a lackluster season. The 27-year-old owns a 5.03 ERA over 96.2 innings. His peripherals suggest he should be better, as evidenced by a 3.79 FIP and 63.4% groundball rate. Stroman will have a stretch of starts where it looks like he put it all together, but those runs are always punctuated by clunkers. The last time he faced the Yankees, the right-hander allowed eight runs (six earned) over 5.1 innings. A repeat performance sounds good, doesn’t it?
Game Two: Luis Severino vs. Sean Reid-Foley
Severino’s collapse from bonafide ace to total liability happened quick. When looking at his overall numbers, one gets the impression of a solid season. A 3.27 ERA (3.15 FIP) over 154.1 innings is pretty good. Unfortunately that doesn’t tell the whole story, as the right-hander has pitched to a 7.50 ERA (5.94 FIP) over his last seven starts. That includes a five-inning start in Toronto, where he allowed three runs on two homers.
On the other hand, Reid-Foley made his major league debut against the Royals last week. He allowed three runs over five innings, striking out three in the process. MLB Pipeline ranks him as Toronto’s number 10 prospect.
“Reid-Foley’s fastball can reach 97 mph, but typically sits at 92-95 mph with arm-side run that helps him miss bats and generate weak, ground-ball contact,” their scouting report reads. “Both his slider and his curveball, the latter a pitch he picked up in 2016, have at least average potential, with the latter slightly ahead of the former, and his changeup, once fully developed, could give him a fourth average-or-better offering.”
Game Three: J.A. Happ vs. Ryan Borucki
For the first time since the trade deadline, Happ will get to face his former team. The veteran left-hander has thrived since joining the Yankees, pitching to a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings. The underlying numbers aren’t pretty, namely a 4.53 FIP and 30.4% groundball rate. Happ has a knack for outperforming his peripherals, however, so fans should feel confident in the southpaw.
Borucki, 24, is a left-hander as well. He’s made nine start this season, and pitched well in them too. Borucki’s the owner of a 3.29 ERA with a shiny 3.18 FIP over 52 innings. He held the Yankees to one run over seven strong innings last month. Tagging him for some payback would be great for the Bombers.
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