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Happ Guns For Series Clincher; Sevy Needs A Gem

Happ Guns For Series Clincher; Sevy Needs A Gem

As the Yankees prepare for J.A. Happ today, the Sonny Gray Project took a major step backwards last night in Toronto. We felt strongly he would step up in a place where he’s had some measure of success, and respond to the demands of a pennant race. The Yankees are now 2 games back and tied in the loss column with Boston, who looks like they’re not about to lose again anytime soon.
 
If either one of these teams suddenly find themselves 5 games or more back, the Wild Card play-in game will likely be their fate, and no one wants that. The Yankees cannot afford one more start where the team is 5 runs down before they break a sweat. Larry Rothschild has his work cut out.
 

Future Yankee J.A. Happ?

 
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Who knows, but we can’t see a trade happening within the division for starters, not involving one team’s ace. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand offers up some Yankee trade possibilities here.
 
Happ is 8-3, 3.52 lifetime against the Yankees in 17 starts, with a 33-86 BB/K ratio over 102 innings, allowing 16 home runs in the process. He had won 6 straight decisions before getting torched by the Tigers at home in his last start.
 
The only time the Yankees faced Happ this season was Opening Day in Rogers Centre, when Giancarlo Stanton took him deep en route to a New York 6-1 victory. Happ lasted 4.2 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits, while striking out 5. Aaron Hicks went 2-4 that day, as well.
 

The Hitters

 
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Giancarlo Stanton is 3-11 against Happ, but 2 of the 3 were long balls. Stanton did not look good at the late last night, with him that can change on a dime.
 
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Aaron Hicks is 4-18 against the Blue Jay lefty, but he’s on fire at the moment. Can’t go wrong there.
 
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Justin Smoak is not only heating back up but he sees Severino well, going 6-16 (.375) with 2 home runs against the Yankees ace. Smoak crushed a 3-run blast last night that was the dagger for Sonny Gray.
 
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We can’t do a Toronto versus Yankees cheatsheet without including Teoscar Hernandez, who odds are will take some pinstripe pitcher deep. He has one home run in 3 career ABs against Sevy.
 

In Closing

If New York can repeat their M.O. of matching zeros with the opponent’s ace, then doing enough damage to their bullpen for the win, this one should turn out well for the Yankees. If not, they could be looking at a 3-game deficit in the American League East.
 
Remember this is for speculation only, not meant to be taken as gospel. And don’t forget to double-check your lineup(s) just prior to game time as the weather may create havoc for you. We exist under the manta that “You can’t predict baseball” but it’s fun trying. Good luck with your lineup and let’s go Yankees!
 

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