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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/27/21

Corey Kluber set for return; What’s fueling the Yankees’ turnaround, and how pitching has contributed; Long winning and losing streaks common across MLB in 2021; Yankees connected to highly-rated amateur free agent

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: On Thursday, we got news of Corey Kluber’s return, as Aaron Boone said that the pitcher will get the start in Monday’s game against the Angels. Kluber has been out since May with a shoulder strain, after leaving early during the start that immediately followed his no-hitter. his first post-no-hitter outing early. He’s made a couple of rehab starts recently, putting up middling results. Another report revealed that Luis Severino has been cleared to resume his throwing program, so he’s on the comeback trail once again as well.

FiveThirtyEight | Neil Payne and Santul Nerkar: After sputtering pretty badly for large parts of the season, the Yankees have been on fire for a while now, and have completely changed their year around. They’ve been able to do so not only thanks to the deadline acquisitions, but with an overall improvement on offense, steady pitching, and a some luck going in their favor.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: As mentioned, a major reason for the Yankees’ excellence of late has been their pitching. After his June struggles, Gerrit Cole has been good, but it goes beyond him. Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon have been steadying forces behind Cole. Néstor Cortes Jr. has been a great surprise, and the bullpen has been good despite some notable blowups.

Yahoo Sports | Zach Crizer: The Yankees’ 12-game winning streak and the Orioles’ recently-snapped 19-game losing streak are just two of several long streaks that teams across MLB have had this season. The amount of 10+ game winning streaks is nearing the most in recent memory, while the number of 10+ game losing streaks is already the most in any year since the 40s. Here is a look at what’s causing these long runs.

Not an article, but here is another tidbit that is worth sharing. The Yankees have been connected with Roderick Arias, MLB Pipeline’s top-ranked international free agent. The switch-hitting shortstop has received rave reviews on both the offensive and defensive side of the game. You can read more about Arias in the prospect profile attached to the tweet.