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The Yankees have now won seven straight games, as they defeated the Twins 7-5 on Thursday night, in the opener of a three game series in New York. The seven game streak, tied with the Dodgers, is currently the longest of its kind for any team in Major League Baseball. During the streak, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 33-19. The seven consecutive victories include a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, where they outscored Boston 12-5. They’ve won 16 of 20 games since the trade deadline on July 31, and have won their last seven series sets.
Luke Voit has looked incredible at the plate lately, and held the leadoff spot in Thursday’s game. He smacked a two-run double off John Gant in the third inning, contributing to seven RBI in his last seven games. He's gone deep three times, and driven in 11 runs over his last 10 games. Aaron Judge also extended his on-base streak to 13 consecutive games on Thursday, contributing to a massive .896 OPS.
While the Yankees’ offense has been productive, the bullpen has been an interesting situation, as saves have been distributed with some parity amongst the relievers. Lucas Luetge, Jonathan Loaisiga, Chad Green, Wandy Peralta, Albert Abreu, and Zack Britton have all recorded saves in the absence of Aroldis Chapman.
The All-Star closer had been sidelined since August 7 with left elbow inflammation, and returned to the Yankees on Wednesday. Chapman was a bit shaky in his first outing back; he was pulled after giving up a single shot homer to Hunter Renfroe in the ninth in Wednesday’s game versus the Red Sox, where he was tasked to protect a 5-1 lead, with two outs. Aaron Boone brought in Luetge to lock things down after Chapman’s departure. While Chapman is still navigating his return, Green nabbed the save in Thursday night’s game. There were some minor bumps in the road for the 30-year-old, but you can read more about that further down. With Green at six saves on the year, and Loaisiga at five, we should see them nab their share of saves for the Yankees in the immediate future.
The seven-game winning streak is a season high for the Yankees; it’s also their longest winning streak since they won 10 straight, September 9-19 of last season.
Hitters with an EDGE
Tyler O’Neill vs. Brewers
2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR
O'Neill had himself a ballgame, driving in three of the Cardinals’ eight runs in a win over Brewers. He gave the Cards a commanding lead in the fifth with a 450-foot three-run homer to center, off Brandon Woodruff.
3-for-4, 3 RBI
Polanco came up in a big spot for the Twins in the sixth inning, hitting a ground rule double that plated Andrelton Simmons and Max Kepler. He kept the momentum going in the eighth inning, once again driving in Kepler, for his third RBI of the evening.
Ty France vs. Rangers
3-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI
France put the Mariners up on the board early with an RBI double that drove in Mitch Haniger. He added some theatrics later in the game with a go-ahead two-run homer in the 11th off Joe Barlow, for France’s 13th home run of the year.
Trea Turner vs. Mets
2-for-4, RBI, SB
Turner’s 24th steal of the season occurred in the fifth inning, shortly after he slapped an RBI single off Taijuan Walker, helping the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory, and their seventh straight win.
Pitchers with an EDGE
8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 23% CSW
The veteran lefty prevented the Phillies from plating any runs for seven innings; the one run was scored from a fielder's choice by Jean Segura in the eighth. Though the strikeouts nor the whiff totals were plentiful for this long of an outing, Bumgarner registered only three hard-hit balls, and was able to limit the Phillies to soft contact.
Luis Castillo vs. Marlins
7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 29% CSW
A strong bounce-back effort for the 28-year-old, who has found himself relinquishing plenty of home runs — six in his last four starts, to be precise. He was able to change speeds successfully, as his changeup was able to lure seven whiffs. He induced 15 swinging strikes overall, and finished with a decent 29 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs) on his entire arsenal.
Paul Sewald vs. Rangers
1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (6th save)
The 31-year-old ran into some 11th inning bumps, allowing a two-out single by Brock Holt, plating the “ghost runner” Nathaniel Lowe. Sewald was able to lock it down despite the dramatics, as Andy Ibanez hit a flyout to end the game.
Cristian Javier vs. Royals
1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (2nd save)
Javier picked up his second save, out of three possible save opportunities, coming in the 11th inning, throwing 13 pitches, eight of them for strikes. His last out was luring Whit Merrifield in a flyout to end the game.
Lou Trivino vs. White Sox
1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (20th save)
The A’s avoided a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon, in a tight 5-4 win over the White Sox. There were some ninth inning dramatics however; an error by Elvis Andrus allowed Jose Abreu to reach second base, and also allowed Zack Collins to score. Trivino was able to slam the door on the rally by getting Eloy Jimenez to line out to center.
Chad Green vs. Twins
1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (6th save)
Green’s sixth save came with a few hiccups, including relinquishing a solo shot to Miguel Sano. Green found himself close to a 3-2 count for out three, but was able to lure Ryan Jeffers into a swinging strikeout for his final out.
Austin Warren vs. Tigers
2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1st save)
A breezy six out, 17 pitch save for the 25-year-old righthander. To seal the 13-10 win, he was able to nab Zack Short on a swinging strikeout. This was the rookie’s very first save.
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Friday’s Matchup of the Day
The AL West may not contain the same volatility like other divisions in the league, but the Mariners have won three in a row, and have gained some ground on the second-place Oakland Athletics. Yusei Kikuchi has managed a 50.3% groundball rate this year, but also has a higher-than-average strikeout percentage, at 26.1%. He last faced the Astros on July 28, where he gave up three runs off seven hits over five innings. Lance McCullers will toe the rubber for the first-place Houston Astros. The righthander has had a banner year, and last faced Seattle on July 27, where he gave up four runs off six hits over six innings, striking out eight. While not much may be at stake for Houston as FanGraphs has them at a 94.3% chance of making the playoffs, this should still be an entertaining pitching match at the least.
American League Quick Hits
Tigers placed C/OF Eric Haase on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 16, with a right abdominal strain. ... Mike Zunino is dealing with a tooth issue, per Rays manager Kevin Cash. ... Byron Buxton (hand) will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.
National League Quick Hits
Brewers placed RHP Freddy Peralta (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. ... Daniel Vogelbach (foot, hamstring) is resuming his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. ... Pablo López (shoulder) threw a bullpen on Thursday...Marlins placed RHP Jorge Guzman on the 10-day injured list with right elbow soreness. ... The Cardinals are optimistic that Dylan Carlson (wrist) can return to the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers. ... Nick Senzel had his option to Triple-A reversed...Odubel Herrera has left Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks after being hit by a pitch. ... Tony Gonsolin (shoulder) threw a bullpen on Thursday. ... Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Thursday that Mookie Betts is "pain-free" in his hip after his latest cortisone injection. ... Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets are optimistic that James McCann (knee) will avoid the injured list. ... Clayton Kershaw (forearm) played catch from 90 feet away on Thursday. ... Pete Alonso is hitting third and playing first on Thursday against the Dodgers.