Tuesday, September 26, 2023
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MLB Preview: Washington Nationals (58-68) at New York Yankees (60-65)


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AT A GLANCE: The Yankees continue their six-game homestand tonight with the second game of a three-game series vs. the Washington Nationals (0-1 thus far.)…are 0-4
on the homestand after being swept by the Boston Red Sox in a three-game set this past weekend and dropping their series opener against the Nationals on Tuesday…
after this homestand, will embark on a season-long 10-game, three-city road trip to Tampa Bay (Fri.-Sun.), Detroit (8/28-31) and Houston (9/1-3).

Have lost a season-high nine straight games, their longest losing streak since a nine-game streak from 9/13-21(G1)/82.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The Yankees fell to the Nationals, 2-1, in their series opener on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium… LHP Carlos Rodón (6.0IP, 6H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR, 1HP) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list and allowed just 1ER in a season-high 6.0 innings in a no-decision…C Ben Rortvedt (2-for-2, 1R, 1HR, 1RBI, 1BB) collected both of the Yankees’ hits and reached base a career-high three times, hitting game-tying solo HR in the third inning, walking in the fifth and singling in the seventh…LF Everson Pereira (0-for-3, 1BB) made his Major League debut and walked in his first plate appearance…1B DJ LeMahieu (0-for-2, 2BB) walked twice…RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (1.0IP, 1K) tossed a perfect seventh inning…RHP Tommy Kahnle (1.0IP, 1H, 1ER, 2K, 1HR) took his second loss of the season after allowing a go-ahead HR to CJ Abrams in the eighth inning… RHP Keynan Middleton (1.0IP, 2BB, 1K) tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

RARE OCCURENCE: The Yankees have lost nine straight games for the first time in the last 41 years (since 1983)…own just one of the 276 losing streaks of at least nine games in that span…are one of two teams to record just one losing streak of at least nine games during that stretch, joining only the St. Louis Cardinals.

Over the last 41 years (since 1983), 24 of the other 28 teams have recorded at least five losing streaks of at least nine games and 16 of those teams have recorded at least nine such streaks: Baltimore (24), Kansas City (23), Detroit (19), Pittsburgh (15), Oakland (14), Cincinnati (14), Minnesota (12), Chicago-NL (12), Milwaukee (11), Tampa Bay (10), Los Angeles-AL (10), Colorado (10), Montreal/ Washington (nine), Seattle (nine), Philadelphia (nine), Houston (nine), Texas (seven), Miami (seven) Arizona (seven), San Francisco (six), San Diego (six), Cleveland (six), Atlanta (six) and Chicago-AL (five)…the other four teams have recorded at least three such streaks (Toronto and Boston-four; Los Angeles-NL and New York-NLthree).

PEN PAL: RHP Jonathan Loáisiga tossed a perfect seventh inning on Tuesday…has retired 19-of-20BF since returning from the injured list on 8/7.

WHAT A CATCH: C Ben Rortvedt collected both of the Yankees’ hits and reached base a career-high three times on Tuesday, hitting game-tying solo HR in the third inning, walking in the fifth and singling in the seventh.

TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT: The Yankees are 10-5 in their last 15 games vs. left-handed starters (since 5/8/23).

Since 7/26, Yankees batters are hitting .345/.383/.540 (48-for-139) with 6 doubles, 7HR and 9BB off left-handed pitchers.

DARTH BADER: OF Harrison Bader is batting .368/.403/.754 (21-for-57) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 4HR, 3BB and 1HP vs. left-handed pitchers this season.

LEMACHINE: INF DJ LeMahieu walked twice on Tuesday… has 23BB in his last 39 games (since 6/27) after recording just 17BB in his first 64 games of the season from 3/30-6/25.

Has batted .346/.393/.572 (55-for-159) with 25R, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 8HR, 25RBI, 11BB, 2HP and 1SF in 42 career games vs. the Nationals.

As a Yankee (since 2019), has hit .310 (107-for-345) with 63R, 17 doubles, 4 triples, 12HR, 34RBI and 48BB in 92 Interleague games.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: OF Everson Pereira made his Major League debut on Tuesday and walked in his first plate appearance…was the fifth Yankee to make his big league
debut this year, joining Anthony Volpe (Opening Day on 3/30 vs. San Francisco), Jhony Brito (4/2 vs. San Francisco), Randy Vásquez (5/26 vs. San Diego) and Matt Krook (6/16 at Boston).

Is currently ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 3 prospect in the Yankees organization and the No. 80 prospect in all of baseball…is tabbed by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the Yankees system and the No. 77 prospect in all of baseball.

THANKS FOR THE ASSIST: OF Everson Pereira, OF Harrison Bader and OF Aaron Judge each recorded an outfield assist on Tuesday…marked the Yankees’ first game with three outfield assists since 7/15/07 at Tampa Bay (also three: Melky Cabrera-2 and Hideki Matsui-1)…it was the first time three different Yankees outfielders recorded an outfield assist since 6/19/87 at Boston (Ron Kittle/Mike Easler/Dave Winfield) and it marked the first time the Yankees had a left fielder (Pereira), centerfielder (Bader) and right fielder (Judge) record an outfield assist since 7/27/1980 at Kansas City (Lou Piniella/Ruppert Jones/Reggie Jackson).

ROARING TWENTIES: OF Everson Pereira (22 years old), INF Oswald Peraza (23 years old) and INF Anthony Volpe (22 years old) all started Tuesday’s game, marking the first time the Yankees had three players 23-or-younger start a game since 6/25/18 at Philadelphia (Miguel Andújar-23 years old, Jonathan Loáisiga-23 years old, and Gleyber Torres-21 years old)…it marked the first time since 6/21/18 vs. Seattle that the Yankees had three such position players start (Andújar-23 years old, Clint Frazier-23 years old, and Torres-21 years old).

ALL RISE: OF Aaron Judge has hit .311/.407/.581 (23-for74) with 14R, 2 doubles, 6HR, 12RBI, 12BB and 1SB in 20 Interleague games this season…has batted .307/.400/.623 (127-for-414) with 84R, 19 doubles, 2 triples, 36HR, 70RBI, 63BB and 9SB in 114 career Interleague games.

Has reached base safely in 61 of his 71 games this season.

Since being reinstated from the injured list on 7/28, leads the AL and ranks third in the Majors in walks (21), trailing only Kyle Schwarber (29) and Matt Olson (22).

With his next home run, would become just the second Yankee in franchise history to record at least 25HR in six of his first eight Major League seasons…would join Joe DiMaggio (seven)…would also be the only AL player to hit at least 25HR in six of the last seven seasons since 2017.

The Nationals are one of three opponents he has not hit a HR against in his career (0HR in 2G vs. Arizona, 0HR in 5G vs. St. Louis and 0HR in 11G vs. Washington).

His .621 SLG in Interleague play since 2017 is the highest in the Majors…his 1.021 OPS ranks second in the Majors in that stretch and his .400 OBP ranks fourth.

FAN-TASTIC: The Yankees have averaged 41,564 fans per home gate this season, the highest home average attendance in the American League and the second-highest in the Majors, trailing only Los Angeles-NL (47,879).

BRONX BOMBERS: Yankees batters have hit 103HR in 67 home games this season, the fourth-most home runs by any team at home this year…trail only Atlanta (125HR), Texas (113HR) and Los Angeles-NL (104HR).

Have homered in each of their last nine home games (since 8/2), hitting 16HR in that span.

WALK IT OUT: Yankees batters have recorded 141BB since the All-Star break, the second-most in the Majors in that span, trailing only Houston (142BB).

GLEYBER DAY: INF Gleyber Torres is batting .319/.402/.514 (23-for-72) with 9R, 5 doubles, 3HR, 6RBI, 9BB, 1HP and 4SB in 19 games during the month of August…has hit safely in 14 of those games and has reached base in 16 of those contests.

GLOVE STORY: According to Sports Info Solutions, INF Anthony Volpe’s 13 defensive runs saved this season are tied for second among Major League shortstops, trailing
only Tampa Bay’s Wander Franco (15DRS)…has made just four errors in his last 67 games that he has appeared defensively (since 5/31) after making seven errors in his first 56 games (3/30-5/30).

RHP Luis Severino will make his 16th appearance (15th start) of the season tonight vs. Washington…the 29-year-old will pitch on extended seven days’ rest…
last pitched on 8/15 at Atlanta and took the loss after allowing 5R/3ER over 4.0 innings (5H, 2BB, 5K, 2HR, 1HP)…missed the first 48 games of the season with a
right lat strain…the two-time AL All-Star (2017, ’18) ranked third in the Majors in 2018 with 19 wins (19-8), tied for second-most by a Yankee in the last 14 seasons (since 2009) behind CC Sabathia (21-7 in 2010)…has two of the top-eight single-season strikeout totals in Yankees history (230K in 2017, 220K in 2018)…is one of four pitchers in Yankees history with multiple 200-strikeout seasons (also Gerrit Cole from 2021-22, David Cone from 1997-98 and Ron Guidry from 1978-79)…
finished third in 2017 AL Cy Young Award voting…was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on 12/26/11…signed to a four-year contract extending through the 2022 season with a club option for the 2023 season on 2/15/19…the Yankees exercised his club option for the 2023 season on 11/7/22.

LAST APPEARANCE: Took the loss in the Yankees’ 5-0 defeat on 8/15 at Atlanta after allowing 5R/3ER over 4.0 innings (5H, 2BB, 5K, 2HR, 1HP)…surrendered a
three-run HR to Marcell Ozuna in the first inning and a two-run HR to Ronald Acuña Jr. in the fourth inning.

2023: Will make his 16th appearance (15th start) of the season tonight…is 2-8 with a 7.98 ERA (67.2IP, 60ER) in 15 games/14 starts this year…has allowed 1ERor-fewer in four starts this season and 3ER-or-fewer in seven starts…nine of his 14 starts this season have come after a Yankees’ loss, including six straight
starts from 5/27-6/24.

Took the loss in the Yankees’ 9-2 defeat on 8/9 at Chicago-AL after allowing 4ER over 2.0 innings of relief following an opener (5H, 1BB, 2K, 1HR).

Took the loss in the Yankees’ 7-3 defeat on 8/4 vs. Houston after allowing 5ER over 4.0IP (5H, 3BB, 4K, 2HR, 1HP).

Took the loss on 7/30 at Baltimore after allowing a career-high 9ER over 3.1IP (10H, 2BB, 5K, 1HR, 1WP)…allowed 7ER in the first inning.

Earned his second win of the season on 7/23 vs. Kansas City (5.2IP, 8H, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR)…allowed all three runs via the HR (solo HR to Salvador Perez in the fourth inning and a two-run HR to Michael Massey in the sixth inning)…marked his sixth start with 3ER-or-fewer this season.

Did not record a decision despite allowing just 1ER over 6.0IP on 7/17 at Los Angeles-AL (6H, 3BB/1IBB, 3K, 1HR)…marked his fourth start this season with 1ER-or-fewer allowed…surrendered his only ER on a solo HR by Matt Thaiss in the sixth inning.

Took his fourth loss of the season on 7/6 vs. Baltimore after allowing 7ER over 2.2IP (10H, 1BB, 3K, 1HR)…marked his shortest non-injury start since 9/5/18 at Oakland (also 2.2IP).

Recorded his first win of the season in the Yankees’ 1-0 victory on 6/24 vs. Texas, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings (5H, 2BB, 4K)…marked his first scoreless start of the season and first such start since 10/3/22 at Texas (7.0IP)…snapped a four-start streak with 4R-or-more allowed (6/2-18).

Took his second loss of the season in Game 2 of a doubleheader on 6/18 at Boston, allowing 4R/3ER over 5.0IP (7H, 3BB, 6K)…his 6K matched a season high (also 6K on 6/8-G1 vs. Chicago-AL).

Allowed at least 3HR in back-to-back starts on 6/2 at LAD and 6/8-G1 vs. CWS…marked just the third time in his career he allowed multiple HR in consecutive starts (also three starts from 7/7-23/18 and two starts from 5/3-8/16).

Did not record a decision on 5/27 vs. San Diego despite allowing just 2R/1ER over 6.2IP (1H, 3BB, 5K, 1HR)…surrendered his only hit on a solo HR by Fernando Tatis Jr. in the fourth inning.

Did not record a decision in his first start of the season on 5/21 at Cincinnati (4.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 5K, 0HR)…was returned from rehab and reinstated from the 15-day injured list on 5/21 prior to his start.

Allowed 1ER-or-fewer in three straight starts from 10/3/22-5/27/23, tied for the second-longest such streak of his career (trails only a five-start streak from 7/15-8/6/17…allowed 2ER-or-fewer in five straight starts from 9/21/22-5/27/23, tied for the second-longest such streak of his career (trails only a nine-start streak from 9/12/18-4/20/22).

Missed the first 48 games of the season with a right lat strain…combined to make two rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5/10) and Double-A Somerset (5/16), posting a 4.05 ERA (6.2IP, 8H, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, 1HR).

VS. WASHINGTON/INTERLEAGUE: Will make his first career appearance vs. the Nationals tonight.

In six Interleague starts this season, is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA (28.0IP, 24ER)…only one of those six starts has been at home (5/27 vs. San Diego).

In nine career appearances (eight starts) vs. the NL East, is 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA (47.1IP, 14ER) and 58K…has allowed 2ER-or-fewer in five of those eight starts, including three scoreless starts.

In 21 career appearances (19 starts) against NL teams, is 8-5 with a 3.31 ERA (108.2IP, 94H, 50R/40ER, 33BB, 121K, 18HR, 3HP)…has allowed 3R-or-fewer in 13 of his 19 career Interleague starts.

The Yankees are 14-5 all-time in Interleague games that he has started.

WELCOME TO MY HOUSE: Will make his seventh home start of the season tonight…is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA (30.0IP, 20ER) in six home starts this season…is 29-16 with a 3.68 ERA (347.1IP, 142ER) and 392K in 65 games (60 starts) in his career at Yankee Stadium…the Yankees are 37-12 in his home starts since the beginning of 2017…since 2018, has gone 17-5 with a 3.25 ERA (182.2IP, 66ER) and 213K in 33 home starts, with the Yankees going 26-7 in those games.

Including the postseason, is 21-7 with a 3.45 ERA (224.1IP, 86ER) and 265K in his last 42 starts at home (37 regular season and five postseason), dating back to 9/3/17…has allowed more than 2R just 16 times in that stretch…the Yankees are 33-9 in those starts.

START ME UP: The Yankees are 64-35 in his 99 starts since 2017…has allowed 1ER-or-fewer in 44-of-99 starts (44.4%) over that span.

From 7/8/17-7/12/18, the Yankees went 31-4 in his 35 starts, the first time the Yankees won at least 31 games in a pitcher’s 35-start span since going 31-4 over 35 Ron Guidry starts from 8/10/77-8/15/78 (Elias).

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