The system for holding on to postseason berths in September is a straightforward one: Win the video games you might be purported to.
That’s not what occurred this weekend for the New York Yankees, who dropped a home series to the Baltimore Orioles for the primary time in virtually two years. That’s now six losses in eight video games for the Yankees after they raced into the wild card spot with a 13-game profitable streak. Heading into Monday’s set of video games, they continue to be one-half recreation forward of the Purple Sox and three-and-a-half video games forward of the Mariners.
It has been an unpleasant season in Baltimore, caught in final place and a full 30 video games behind the fourth-place Blue Jays. That is Baltimore’s fourth final place end within the final 5 years, and it will likely be the third 100-loss season since 2018.
Regardless of all that, they do finest in opposition to the Yankees. The Orioles at the moment are 7-9 in opposition to New York whereas not beating some other groups in baseball greater than 4 occasions this season. Previous to profitable this weekend’s three-game collection, the Orioles had been simply 2-13 of their final 15 video games at Yankee Stadium.
On Monday, New York begins a four-game collection with the Blue Jays, who’re simply four-and-a-half video games behind the Yankees within the wild card race. In keeping with the BetUS Sportsbook MLB series odds, the Yankees are favored to win each the collection and the opener.
Yankees Lose Prime Setup Man
Including damage to the insult of shedding to baseball’s worst crew is the information on Sunday that New York will be without top setup man Jonathan Loaisiga for at the least a few weeks. He has a rotator cuff pressure and gained’t throw for at the least ten video games, and perhaps longer.
Accidents have been part of Loaisiga’s profession, which makes a fast restoration appear much less seemingly. He had Tommy John surgical procedure in 2016 and has since missed time with shoulder accidents in 2018 and 2019.
This has simply been Loaisiga’s finest season, with a 2.25 ERA in 68 innings and a WAR of two.8, which is second amongst all relievers in baseball.
As Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned, “It’s an enormous loss.”
Dodgers Lose Outfielder A.J. Pollock to Hamstring Harm
The Dodgers’ efforts to catch the Giants within the Nationwide League West took successful this weekend when San Francisco clinched the season collection in opposition to their rivals to the south, ten video games to 9. The Dodgers additionally obtained the information that A.J. Pollock’s hamstring damage is a Grade 2 pressure, and he will probably be out of motion for “a number of weeks.”
Pollock has slashed .297/.352/.508 this season and performed himself right into a full-time position because the Dodgers left fielder.
The damage to Pollock will put Cody Bellinger again into the on a regular basis lineup in heart area, the place he offers strong protection, at the same time as he has the worst offensive season of his profession. Chris Taylor is anticipated to see nearly all of begins in left area.
The Dodgers nonetheless lead the MLB division odds to win the NL West at -200, adopted by the San Francisco Giants at +200.
Salvador Perez Closing in on Catcher House Run Report
Misplaced within the unbelievable seasons of Shohei Ohtani and Fernando Tatis, Jr. is the yr being put collectively by Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
Perez set a house run file for catchers on the House Run Derby through the All-Star break with 28, nevertheless it was largely forgotten due to the head-to-head format that had him going through, and shedding to, eventual winner Pete Alonso.
The torrid residence run-hitting of Perez that led him to be invited to the House Run Derby has continued by means of the remainder of the summer season, and over the weekend, he turned simply the sixth catcher in baseball historical past to hit at the least 40 residence runs.
Perez is sitting at 41 residence runs heading into Monday, and that’s simply 4 behind the all-time catcher file of 45, hit by Johnny Bench in 1970. Others on the 40-home run checklist are Javy Lopez (43 in 2003), Roy Campenella (41 in 1953), Todd Hundley (41 in 1996), Mike Pizza (40 in 1997 and 1999).
A seven-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, Perez had a career-high batting common of .333 final season and now has bested his career-high in residence runs by 14. He’s additionally handed the 100 RBI mark for the primary time in his profession.