The Yankees are in Buffalo again this week, so someone should convince GM Brian Cashman to get his back in the Sahlen Field-visiting clubhouse for a new pep talk.
GM’s first speech to players since 2009 occurred when the Yankees were in Buffalo earlier in September to play the Toronto Blue Jays, and it triggered a turnaround that may have saved the season. The Yanks lost that night and then won the league final the next day to start a 10-match winning stretch that turned doubts about the playoffs into another climb.
But the Yankees are not home yet. They are still playing at home in next week̵
The Blue Jays issued a refund to the Yankees in Monday night’s series opener with a resounding 11-5 victory that was a reversal from last week’s visit to the Yankee Stadium when Toronto was out-slugged 43-15 in sweeping three games.
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The day before, the Yanks 10 players finished 10-2 in Boston.
In addition to those two losses that hurt the Yanks’ chances of playing at home in the Wild Card series – and all matches will host the higher seeds – their hopes of capturing the AL East’s Tampa Bay Rays are also about shots. .
The Rays ‘2-1 victory over the Mets on Monday night combined with the Yanks’ setback has Tampa Bay up 4.5 games with the regular season down to six days. The Rays, who also have a tiebreaker, have a magic number one to complete their third AL East title in franchise history and only since 2010.
The Yanks chose to make the first of four with the Jays this week as a bullpen game to set their rotation for the playoffs. Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka pushed back one day led to rookie Michael King (1-2) getting started on Monday.
King struck out four while starting with two pointless rounds, but the right ones did not come out of third while allowing five runs to turn a 1-0 Yankees lead into a 5-1 hole that got bigger on the night when Jonathan Loaisiga gave up four runs, three of them earned.
– The Yanks made the end result somewhat respectable with two outs in the ninth when Mike Tauchman hit a three-run double.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu paddled his lead in the AL battle over White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. LeMahieu is at .265 after going 2-for-4, while Anderson dropped to .355 by going 1-for-5 in a 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
– Third baseman Gio Urshela drove in both Yankees runs with a second round single and seventh inning basis.
– The Yankees made two mistakes, giving them 19 in their last 16 games. LeMahieu had a throwing error while Gary Sanchez was accused of being caught.
– When he played his sixth MLB game, Blue Jays rookie Alejandro Kirk was 4-for-4 with a double and homer that struck out of the No. 8 hole. Kirk, 21, became the catcher 21 years or younger for having a four-hit game since Hall of Famer Pudge Rodriguez in 1991.
– The Blue Jays reduced their magic number to get an AL Wild Card place to three.
Tuesday: Yankees vs. Blue Jays in Buffalo, 18:37, YES & ESPN (off market). Gerrit Cole vs. RHP TBA.
Wednesday: Yankees vs. Blue Jays and Buffalo, 18:37, JA. RHP Masahiro Tanaka vs. TBA
Thursday: Yankees vs. Blue Jays in Buffalo, 18:37, YES & MLB Network (off market). RHP TBA vs. TBA.
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