The Yankees played a wild, roller coaster of a game today, but they walked away victorious. Or, should I say, they walked off victorious.
The Bombers swept the Blue Jays with an 8-7 win, and we’ll have a full recap later on. In the meantime, here are the highlights.
Winner of the Game
The Yankees’ entire lineup deserves credit today, but Gleyber Torres gets the nod here. He picked up the third walk-off hit of his career on Wednesday afternoon, and this one finished off the sweep of the Blue Jays. Torres went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, making it the latest in a long list of games where he came up big.
You can vote for him for the All-Star game by clicking here.
Gleyber Torres is...— Pinstripe Alley (@pinstripealley) June 26, 2019
- Hitting .285/.350/.548
- Leading AL shortstops in HR (19)
- Just 22 years old #GleyberGood #VotePinstripeshttps://t.co/orTVRBFcCS pic.twitter.com/IaaHQwhj6Y
Loser of the Game
A few days ago we ran a story suggesting that James Paxton was almost all the way back. He needed to establish a high fastball so his secondary stuff could play up, but he flashed signs of improvement of late. It looked like he was close to putting it all together!
Alas, he was not close to putting it all together.
Paxton allowed six runs over 4.1 innings on Wednesday afternoon, walking four and striking out three. He also gave up three home runs. His season ERA climbed from 3.75 to 4.34, as his FIP went from 3.13 to 3.84. Yikes.
The eye test said he had trouble locating his fastball, and the scatter plot confirms it.
Hopefull Paxton can get back on track soon. He’s too important for the Yankees to get by without him at 100%.
Honorable Mention: Zack Britton