He’ll have to regain Gibbons’ trust but it would seem, even in the best case scenario, Loup’s role won’t be the same as in previous years because of the various bullpen options at the skipper’s disposal. Toronto’s pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.1.
Jacoby Ellsbury had two of the three New York hits off Hutchison, including a two-out solo homer in the sixth. The team closely monitored Severino’s innings at Double and Triple-A, allowing him to pitch without an innings limit for the remainder of the season.
And if all that doesn’t do it for you, refer back to that message on the dry erase board and start over. If it weren’t for Carlos Beltran, you can make the argument that Severino might have exited the ball game with a 1-0 lead en route to his first major league victory, but I guess we’ll have to wait for that.
PLUS: Yankees” Joe Girardi: “There is no privacy in this world anymore’. Had Beltran caught the sun-ball on Sunday, his ERA would be under 1.80.
Hutchison (12-2) allowed three hits, one walk and one run in 6-2/3 innings.
In Minneapolis, Mitch Moreland drove in four runs on a career-high four hits, including a two-run homer to spark Texas.
That said, it’s still tough on Hutchison, who gets optioned after some of his best work of the season. But I guarantee you that the fans are enjoying it, they’re loving it, and we really get to feel that energy from the crowd and how into the games they’ve been getting lately. While the Yankees lost four out of six, they won arguably the most important game last Friday, when a series-opening win would have empowered the Jays with an extra boost of confidence. The Yankees did take the series, winning two out of the three games.
Overall, however, the weekend could only be characterized as a positive for the Yankees.
“I was aggressive in the count, and charged at the hitters most of the game”, Severino said through a translator. It wouldn’t have taken much for one inning here or there to make the difference or change the outcome.
New York has a favorable schedule in the coming week against a Minnesota Twins club at home that they have dominated in recent years, including taking two of three in July. That’s baseball.
“He just out-pitched us”, Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro said of Tanaka. That’s maturity. The Yankees made the decision long before the trade deadline not to include him in any deal.
Darren O’Day and Zach Britton are very quietly as good as just about any setup man/closer combination in baseball.
Now, the Yankees head home – where they play 28 of their remaining 46 games, and where they have played. The Yankees went into Sunday’s game with a chance to do the same at Rogers Centre. “We’re at home, which is good for us”. Finally. There’s no need to cover the discussion with half-defined terms, tangential points and bad jokes: The Blue Jays are the Blue Jays, diverse and determined, and that’s going just fine.
On Monday, the Blue Jays announced what everybody was expecting: Hutchison would be dropped from the rotation for the eight-game, 10-day road trip that begins Tuesday with the first of two games against the Philadelphia Phillies.