Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Man, the hits just keep on coming. This team can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries.  I really thought that we’d get some of the team healthy prior to the playoffs, but right now, we’re playing two men down, one man up.  Between the bad news on Hicks and injuries to Tauchman, Happ, Kahnle, Sanchez, and Encarnacion, it’s getting tough to keep it all straight.  Luckily, the Yankee front office has assembled a ton of depth, probably even more than it realized.  Still, I’d love to talk about a much healthier Yankee roster as we get closer to the playoffs.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about James Paxton’s run of excellence, sort through a potential playoff infield lineup, and look at a potential role for Jonathan Loaisiga.  Let’s get at it:

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Nearly Perfect Paxton: Yankees 10, Rangers 1

Nearly Perfect Paxton: Yankees 10, Rangers 1

After losing their nearly-historic streak against the Rangers yesterday, the Yankees made one heck of a statement tonight in game 2 of their series with Texas. James Paxton was as good as he’s been all season, the bats were no longer afraid, and the Yankees won in definitive fashion in the Bronx, 10-1 over the Rangers.

(Photo Credit: Brad Penner, USA Today Sports)

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Ending the First Half: A Run Too Short for Game 88

Ending the First Half: A Run Too Short for Game 88

The baseball world is very interesting, given that we consider the season to be at its “halfway point” once the All-Star Break occurs, and the actual halfway point (the 81st game) seems to fly by without much fanfare.

This season, the Yankees at their halfway point have now finished 88 games. The team that has played the most games, the Seattle Mariners, have played 94 games. (The Detroit Tigers have played the least games at 85.) A 9-game difference between the most and least games played, and as I’ll come to state often in this recap, each game matters.

The Yankees are currently on pace to win 105 games this season at their current pace (well, 104.93 technically), so it is hard to complain at this point in the season. Add in how the 538 Prediction Model has them with a 98% chance to make the playoffs, and I’ll seem crazy.

Yet, with only a 87% chance to win the division- and skip the dreaded 1-game playoff- every win counts. And today, the Yankees may have given one win up.

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Yankees Lose 3rd Straight, Break Streak of 9 Straight Series Wins After 11-7 Loss

Yankees Lose 3rd Straight, Break Streak of 9 Straight Series Wins After 11-7 Loss

When looking at the game of baseball, it seems as though most of the game is broken into threes, thirds, or some multiple of such.

It takes 3 strikes for a strikeout, 3 outs per inning, and the average game goes into the 9th inning.

Yesterday’s Yankees-Blue Jays game was truly a game of flip-flopping thirds to see who was truly in control.

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Quick Hit: Yankees Win 7-0 for 3rd Shutout of Season, Hit 4 HR's, and Get 8th Straight Series Win

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No Longer an IL Baker's Dozen; Clint Frazier's Back and Updates for the 12 Names on the IL

No Longer an IL Baker's Dozen; Clint Frazier's Back and Updates for the 12 Names on the IL

After last nights rain-shortened win, the Yankees optioned LHP Stephen Tarpley back to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders in preparation for the call earlier today, activating OF Clint Frazier off the 10-Day IL.

In a season that has been plagued by injuries, the list is finally starting to shrink as a lot of players have been recently returning from injury (Andujar, Sabathia, Sanchez), and more seem to be coming back soon.

This past week, we have seen the return of 3B Miguel Andujar, but also saw the Yankees placing LHP James Paxton on the 10-Day IL with left knee inflammation.

But, times (should be) looking up for Yankee fans, as many of the names on the IL are making big and important strides towards returning to the Big Leagues. Let’s take a quick look at them:

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