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Yankees get just what they needed, beat Blue Jays 7-2

Deivi García is excellent and the offense cashes in. Is that allowed?

New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

Yknow, my favorite thing about baseball is, it’s played every day. You can’t ever get too high or too low after one game, because you have to play again tomorrow. The Yankees are still in a bad stretch, they’re still fighting for life in the AL playoff race. But boy, tonight felt good. The pitching was excellent, the offense finally cashed in on chances, and the Yankees salvaged the last game against the Blue Jays 7-2.

Deivi García just continues to live up to the hype. The Yankees have had such bad performances from all facets of the game that they really need everything to go right, and he was more than all right tonight. Seven innings, 94 pitches, a 6:0 K:BB ratio all add up to a fantastic start for the youngster. Derek Fisher did the only damage of the night, a two-run homer in the second, and other than a leadoff double in the fifth, García never really was in any stressful spots. Of course, after that double, he struck out the side.

What impressed me the most about García was his range of speed on the fastball. It’s something we’ve talked about around the site before, but he went from 89.1-95.8 mph. Statcast’s AB loader was down all night, but I’m dying to look deeper into at bats where a batter saw a fastball in the upper and lower bounds of that speed range, because focusing on that while he also threw an effective curve and changeup must have been a headache for the Jays.

Offensively, there was a little bit of everything from the Yankee lineup. Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu hit solo shots in the second and third, one to open the scoring and one to tie it after the Jays came back. In the fifth, we saw some station-to-station followed by a bit more power.

Tyler Wade walked and advanced on a LeMahieu groundout, then came around to score on a weakly hit grounder to the right side off Luke Voit’s bat. Aaron Hicks’ walk set up the backbreaker, a double down the line off Gleyber Torres’ bat. Torres was sporting clear glasses tonight, which we’ve seen a couple of times in twilight games before. Whether it cuts down the glare or just gives him a sharper view of the pitch, it’s hard to argue they didn’t help tonight.

Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman did their jobs in relief, and the Yankees tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the ninth, which was something that made me almost as happy as Garcia’s start. That kind of multi-inning offensive attack, being able to score in four or five different frames, is what really sets a great lineup apart. LeMahieu and Voit are as good as they come in baseball, and now that guys like Torres and Miguel Andújar are hitting like they can, it’s easy to see the path for the Yankees to get back to respectability before the end of the year.

Still, you play baseball every day, and all the good work done today can be undone if the Yankees can’t replicate in a four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. They’ll get their first chance at the Os tomorrow at 7 pm EDT.