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Game #136 Preview: Ryu vs Taillon

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Blue Jays (73-62) vs Yankees (78-58)

Oakland Athletics v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The Blue Jays have hit the road, ready to play one of their biggest 4 games series in the Bronx in quite some time. They take on the Yankees for 4 games starting this afternoon, with the first game at 11:05 ET thanks to the Labor/Labour Day holiday today.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Hyun Jin Ryu will make the start for the Jays, looking to set the tone for the big series. He enters play today with a 12-8 record and a 3.92 ERA. As the current staff high in ERA, he’s certainly not the pitcher that he or fans were expecting him to be, but he has still had the ability to be dominant. It’s just unfortunate that those dominating games have been interspersed through some really rough ones as well. The Jays need him to step up this week.

This will be Ryu’s 4th start against the Yankees this year, and through the first three, he has done alright. Across a combined 18.0 innings, he has allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 13 hits and 6 walks, striking out 15 while allowing 3 home runs. I should point out though that two of the three starts came before the start of June, when Ryu was having a very solid run on the mound.

Yankees’ Starter

Going for the Yankees is offseason addition Jameson Taillon. Taillon, who signed for just $2.25m for the year, has turned in a very solid season for the Yankees. He’s not having a phenomenal year numbers-wise, coming into play with an 8-5 record and a 4.44 ERA, but he has made 26 starts after making just 7 in 2019 and none last year. Consistently showing up every week for the Yankees in their rotation has likely meant a lot to the team.

The right handed Taillon faced the Jays just once so far this year, taking the loss in a start back on April 13. In that one, he lasted just 3.2 innings while surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Marcus Semien touched him up for a home run.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Yankees’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

DJ Peters went 4-5 with a home run and a double, driving in 4 runs to pick up the Monster Bat award. He was a big part in his Rangers’ 7-3 win over the hometown Angels.

Daniel Vogelbach hit a pinch hit 1-out walkoff grand slam, the ultimate pinch hitting moment, to earn the WPA King trophy. All four runs in that grand slam were necessary, as the Brewers walked off the Cardinals 6-5. Vogelbach, for his lone moment in the game, had a .796 WPA.

Brady Singer threw 7 shutout inning, allowing just 4 hits and no walks while striking out 6 to pick up the Pitcher of the Day award. He also got the win, as the Royals took down the division leading White Sox 6-0.

Find the Link

Find the link between Jameson Taillon and Tommy Tyler Mahle.

Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant