The New York Yankees continued their campaign towards the 2020 World Series. So we continue our look at the three big takeaways from the Yankees 16th game of 2020.
Takeaway #1: Best Paxton of 2020
The 2020 season has not been kind through the first two starts for James Paxton. However, in his third start, James Paxton would pitch his best game thus far in 2020. Through 6.1 innings, Paxton would notch 11 strikeouts and on issue one base on balls. And prior to the start of the seventh inning, Paxton only surrendered one hit. In the seventh inning, however, the wheels fell off for Paxton as he would give up three hits, two of which were homeruns. That being said, this was an encouraging start for the Yankees and James Paxton.
Takeaway #2: More Missed Opportunities
The New York Yankees haven’t faired well on the road so far in the early season. As of today’s game, the Yankees are 6-5 in road games and 3-3 against teams with a better than .500 winning percentage. In today’s game, the Yanks would be 0-8 with runners in scoring position and would leave nine men stranded on the bases. If the Yankees are going to achieve their ultimate goal of “Winning Everything,” this lack of “clutch” hitting will have to be corrected.
Takeaway #3: Much Needed Day Off
One aspect of a baseball season that’s different from every other sport is the marathon grind. And even in this shortened 60-game season, the grind feels even more impactful. When a player is on a hot streak, they want to play every day to keep the momentum rolling. But when a player is struggling a day off away from the game can reset the player’s mindset and allow them to refocus. The New York Yankees will have an off day tomorrow after seven games in five days in two cities. No one will make excuses for the Yankees or any other teams in this or any season. However, the 5-5 record over their last ten games is significant. Having a day off to reset can refresh the Yankees and allow them to go back home to the Bronx and restart their winning ways.