We’re getting closer and closer to seeing the Yankees’ best lineup on display in actual game. Today, just Clint Frazier was missing from what is likely to be the team’s starting lineup in the playoffs, with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres all healthy and starting. With the team so close to full strength, it was somewhat disheartening to see them crushed at the hands of the Blue Jays by a score of 11-5.
The Yankees put a hurting on Toronto’s staff last week, and the Jays returned the favor. With New York using something of a bullpen game in order to give their starters a rest, the Blue Jays jumped all over the Yankees’ lesser arms early and often.
Winner of the Game
This section was a tad more fun to write last week, when the lineup was sending home runs deep into the Bronx night seemingly every other at-bat. Tonight, the Yankees first two runs came thanks to Gio Urshela, one on an RBI single and one via a sac fly. Mike Tauchman made the game nominally closer with a bases-clearing double in the ninth, his first runs driven in in 10 days.
Honorable mention: Adam Ottavino was the only pitcher to put together a clean appearance, striking out two in a shutout eighth. It was his fourth-straight scoreless outing, an encouraging sign as the Yankees need the right-hander straightened out for the playoffs.
Loser of the Game
Michael King and Jonathan Loáisiga tag-teamed their way to disaster. King started the game for the Yankees and looked solid through the first two innings, but unraveled in the third. He gave up a fair bit of hard contact, and four singles and a walk resulted in five runs assessed to King’s line. Loáisiga allowed the last of those runs to score, then chipped in four of his own in just one inning of work. King has struggled in the bigs this year, and while Loáisiga had performed well prior to tonight, if either is pitching in an important moment at some point in the next few weeks, something will likely have gone wrong for New York.