9/21: Paxton leads the way

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A few questions about October have been answered in recent weeks, beginning with James Paxton establishing himself as the ace of the staff, the No. 1 guy in the pitching rotation after winning 9 straight games. Paxton started leaning on his curveball more and it made hitters very uncomfortable.
Paxton goes today at 1:05 p.m. for the Yanks. Manager Boone will continue to rest one or two key players each day. It would be reassuring to see Giancarlo Stanton in left field today and Judge in right. How does Boone get a day off for Gardner? Maybe Maybin in center.
Clinching early has its advantages. Boone can rest Gleyber Torres if he chooses, and that might be a good idea after Torres took a fall in the field last night.
Do not worry about catching Houston for home-field. This team knows how to win on the road.
 

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Encarnacion due back for the TB or TEX series, Sanchez running in the OF today and due back for the TEX series or maybe the ALDS, Gleyber getting a precautionary MRI on his hamstring (fingers crossed).
 

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Stanton just hit one 9 miles to left.

Tyler Wade is the star of this game. Hitting, running. Stole third when catcher lobbed throw back to the pitcher.

RI Trivia: Two pitchers from Bishop Hendricken of Warwick are in uniform — Toronto lefty Thomas Pannone and Yankee righty Michael King.
 

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Pretty happy for Tyler Wade, who seems to have maybe turned his Yankee career around. He's likely never going to be a starter here, but he's got a good shot to break camp as the utility guy next season. On that last run he scored, most guys are still on second there (went to second when the OF threw home, then scored on a single to RF).
 

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Pretty happy for Tyler Wade, who seems to have maybe turned his Yankee career around. He's likely never going to be a starter here, but he's got a good shot to break camp as the utility guy next season. On that last run he scored, most guys are still on second there (went to second when the OF threw home, then scored on a single to RF).
Even though Loiasiaga gave up a run, the experience he is getting this month advances his learning curve, too.
 

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Loaisiga’s final pitch of the 7th was 100.2, hardest pitch he has ever thrown in the majors. Agreed that if he can stay healthy, he can really help next year.
 

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Loaisiga’s final pitch of the 7th was 100.2, hardest pitch he has ever thrown in the majors. Agreed that if he can stay healthy, he can really help next year.
If he had another 50 more big league innings under his belt, Loaisiga might have turned his own corner. What’s not to like about the arm and the stuff? One Toronto batter just walked away after strike three. Almost untouchable on that pitch.
 

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Combined line of 9 6 2 1 0 15 for Paxton/Loaisiga/Green, that works.
 

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Paxton is the first Yankee pitcher to win 10 straight starts in 40 years:

14 Jack Chesbro 1904
12 Russ Ford 1910
11 Whitey Ford 1961
11 Ron Guidry 1979
10 Lefty Gomez 1932
10 Ron Guidry 1978
10 James Paxton 2019
 

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Also Gleyber is fine, he said he woke up today feeling a hundred percent, but Boone will probably sit him tomorrow before Monday's off day anyway.
 

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The three teams NY is still jockeying with for seeding all lost home games tonight.

HOU 101-54
NY 101-55
LAD 99-56
MIN 95-60

NY won the season series with MIN 4-2, so one more NY win or MIN loss clinches the #2 seed.