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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees beat Rangers 2-1 after passed ball in the 9th

The Yankees continued their trend of walk-off victories today, beating the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th as a result of none other than a passed ball.

After Chase Headley got on with a leadoff walk, he was moved to second from a sac bunt by Didi Gregorius. Aaron Hicks then walked, and both Hicks and Headley were moved to 2nd and 3rd from Starlin Castro’s groundout. Jacoby Ellsbury came to the plate and didn’t have to do any work, as Chase Headley was able to score from 3rd on a passed ball.

Coming into today’s game, Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.24 ERA) had been cruising through the month of June, positing an ERA of 3.00. In a game he deserved to win, the righty picked up the no decision despite mowing down the Texas lineup.

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After Shin Soo-Choo’s solo homer in the 1st inning, Big Mike was utterly dominant. Pineda would go on to rack up twelve strikeouts through six innings of work. He struck out the side once and had at least two strikeouts in every inning he pitched except the 5th. Pineda limited a very potent Texas lineup to two hits as a result of his slider looking the best it has all season.

Texas starter A.J Griffin matched Pineda’s effectiveness, going five innings allowing two hits and striking out eight. His only mistake came on a missed cutter that Didi Gregorius deposited in the right field seats for his second home run in as many days. Didi’s average now sits at a fantastic .290.

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“No Runs DMC” made an appearance today, striking out four and allowing just one hit in three innings of work.

Alex Rodriguez went 2-4 at the plate today, recording two singles.

Article by: Phil Akre
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