The Yanks got off to a great start in their series with Toronto, taking game one of the three-game set by a final score of Gleyber Torres 3, Toronto 2. With the win – their 10th in a row, and 12th of their last 13 – the Yankees extended their lead in the AL East over the Jays to 2.5 games. Tonight Jameson Taillon will get the ball for the road grays, looking to extend the streak to 11 and the lead to 3.5.
Opposing Taillon will be Toronto’s 24-year-old, second-year, former first-round pick and mammoth human being, Alek Manoah. Yankees fans likely remember Manoah from last season for both giving the Yankees fits in his two starts against them, and for being a little arrogant about it.
After a good rookie season, Manoah is off to a great start in 2022, posting an average game score of 66 over his first four starts (all Jays wins) with an impressive FIP of 3.08. He’s gone at least six innings in each start, throwing 25 innings total, while allowing only 15 hits and four runs while posting a 3.57 K/BB ratio. His Statcast numbers show that his results haven’t been the result of good fortune, as he ranks between the 57th and 88th percentiles in all 13 Statcast categories. Manoah has succeeded by throwing a four-seamer up in the zone with a slider down as most of his arsenal, but he’ll mix in a sinker and change-up occasionally.
Taillon hasn’t been as good as Manoah, but he’s been solid. He’s been aggressive in the zone in his first four starts, pitching to contact but being able to maneuver away from big damage (which having a walk rate in the top five percent of the league will help with.) His non-traditional-based numbers have also been good as he’s currently holding an impressive xFIP of 3.40 and a SIERA of 3.32. Let’s hope he does as well with the Blue Jays scary lineup as Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees ‘pen did last night.
First pitch from Toronto is at 7:07 PM, EDT. You can catch the game on the YES Network, the MLB Network, and MLB.tv, and you can listen on WFAN 101.9/660 and WADO 1280. Full disclosure, I may be switching back and forth between the game and NY Rangers playoff hockey, so feel free to hit me up @mybaseballpage1 on Twitter and on the “My Baseball Page” on Facebook to let me know if I missed something.
Heave ho, ‘leven in a row!
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