Pitching Is 75 to 90 Percent of the Game. 3 Reasons Why Tor 7 NY 3 on 4-13-21

They say pitching is between 75 and 90 percent of the game. The night before with Gerrit Cole on the mound the Yankees scored 3 runs and won, 3-1. Everyone was happy. This game — with Jameson Taillon on the mound — they scored 3 runs and lost, 7-3.


1. Taillon Got Rocked

Taillon was gone in the 4th — with 1 out a LONG FLY BALL to right that Judge caught at the wall, then with 2 outs a Home Run to 2nd baseman Marcus Semien, then a bold Double by Bo Bichette, a wild pitch, and a Double to deep right center by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.to make it 5-0.

It was going to be interesting listening to manager Aaron Boone try to sugar coat this in the post game. Boone said that Taillon just couldn’t seem to put away guys that he got 2 strikes on. Overall his stuff was alright, and his fastball ticked up. He just couldn’t finish guys.

Taillon agreed with Boone’s assessment. He said he just couldn’t seem to finish guys; “the heater sprung up a little bit when I wanted it to just be at the top”.

2. Ryu Shut Yanks Down

On the other hill was Hyun Jin Ryu, who shut the Yankees out into 2 outs in the 7th on 4 hits and 7 strikeouts.

3. Late Rally Falls Way Short

Once Ryu was out, the Yankee batters got going — a run in the 7th on a Rougned Odor groundout, and 2 runs in the 8th on a 2-RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton to pull to within 6-3 but the rally fell way short.

Aaron Hicks ended the day 3 for 4 to raise his average to .200; Clint Frazier went 1-3 to raise his average to .200, DJ LeMahieu got 2 hits (.295), and Jay Bruce got a hit (.133). Aaron Judge took the collar 0-4 but is at .257.

Cessa Good Again

Lost in the loss was the fact that Luis Cessa pitched 2 shutout innings — the only Yankee pitcher to not allow a run (Lucas Luetge allowed a homer; Albert Abreu allowed a run in the 8th). Cessa has not allowed a run all season (4.2 innings pitched) and is in his 6th (sixth) season with the Yankees. There are many famed and infamous Yankee pitchers you could name who have not been on the Yankees for as long a stint. Cessa is only 29 years old and has pitched his entire Major League career with the Yankees.

Five years from now, when Cessa is 34 yrs old and in his 11th season, if he is still with the Yankees, we may look back at Cessa as one of the low-key fondest Yankee setup relief pitchers. Up there with Dick Tidrow, Ramiro Mendoza, and the like. Already the greatest Mexican Yankee pitcher of all time.

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