Tanner Roark (2-1, 5.60 ERA) vs. Gerrit Cole (5-3, 3.20 ERA)
The New York Yankees dismantled the Toronto Blue Jays on a night where Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela returned to the lineup. Aaron Judge is nearing a return as well. The most recent word is that Judge will be activated prior to the weekend. The Yankees might be a 27-21 team, but that’s only because of injuries.
With a healthy roster, the Yankees might have had the best record in baseball right now. That’s not an exaggeration. The Yankees’ offense, needless to say, is a major threat when they are healthy. If I’m a starting pitcher in the American League, there isn’t a team I would want to see less than the Yankees.
The Tampa Bay Rays were the team to benefit the most from the Yankees’ injuries. They hold a four-game advantage on the Yankees going into Wednesday. The Yankees still have time to erase that deficit, but I think the Rays should be able to hold on. They’re probably just going to run out of room and have to settle for second in the American League East.
That being said, the Yankees are going to be a serious contender in the postseason. Knock on wood, if Judge and Stanton don’t go back to the IL that is. While they’re returning, the feeling is almost like when they are going to get hurt and out again. There’s still a month and half of action to go, so plenty of time for something to flare up.
Yankees’ fans are holding their breath. I know that much. That goes for the starting rotation as well. All they need is for a pitcher to join James Paxton on the IL. Paxton has yet to resume throwing and his status for October is clouded in serious doubt. His arm, even as a reliever out of the bullpen, would be nice to have for the playoffs.
The biggest free agent pitcher from this past offseason will get the nod for the Yankees on Wednesday. Gerrit Cole is penciled into the starting role on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium against the Blue Jays. He can only hope to get the same run support as Deivi Garcia received last night. Former National, Tanner Roark, is expected for the Blue Jays. Head below for our free Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees pick for September 16, 2020.
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Tanner Roark will try to cool down the Yankees’ bats on Wednesday. His partner, Taijuan Walker, was slapped with 6 hits and 1 earned runs through 1.2 innings. He put the bullpen in a terrible position, but Shun Yamaguchi can’t give up 7 earned runs despite the poor effort by Walker.
Stanton didn’t do anything in his return, as he went 0 for 4 with a walk. All the Blue Jays need is for Stanton to heat up. Stanton has connected for the most home runs against Roark in his career. He has hit 4 home runs with 6 RBI versus Roark in 36 at-bats.
Perhaps Stanton heats up tonight against a pitcher he’s had success against before. Overall, the Yankees have notched 8 home runs and 12 RBI against Roark in 81 at-bats. Roark has not been in good form this season. He enters this matchup with an ERA of 5.60 and 1.73 WHIP. He had trouble with the deep ball in his last outing, which happened to be against the Yankees.
The Yanks went yard twice on Roark in 4 innings last week. That was without Stanton and Urshela in the lineup. Roark goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 6.75, 1.73 WHIP, and .393 OBA in his previou three tilts. I find it hard to believe that Roark isn’t going to have issues at Yankees Stadium in this one.
If Gerrit Cole is firing on all cylinders then it might be a moot point regarding Roark. Cole has been in great form in his last two starts after struggling against the Orioles. He’s conceded 1 earned run in his previous 13 innings on the hill.
Cole neutralized the Orioles in a revenge spot on September 11. He held the O’s to 2 hits across 7 innings with no runs on the board. The Blue Jay are hitting .234 against Cole through 43 at-bats. I think Cole was able to find his confidence recently and should put forth a nice performance tonight. It might not be a 14-point win, but the Yankees should cash on the runline.