The Toronto Blue Jays will face the New York Yankees in a crucial three-game set starting Tuesday night (7:07 pm, Sportsnet) with only one week left in the season. The Blue Jays are two games behind the Bronx Bombers, who have the first wild-card spot in the American League, and one game behind the Boston Red Sox for second place.
What are the American media saying about the fundamental series? Here’s a sample:
USA Today reporter Gabe Lacques says the Yankees can help keep the Blue Jays at bay with at least one series win.
“All eyes are on Toronto, where the Blue Jays and Yankees open a three-game series Tuesday night. If the Yankees win just one game, they won’t leave Toronto worse than the No. 2 wild card. But the Yankees will need to pile up if they can: The Red Sox finish with six games in Baltimore and Washington. New York finishes at home against Tampa Bay, and while the Rays have already finished in the East, they are not a team you want to play with with survival at stake, particularly when the Blue Jays host three games against the Orioles 50-106. .
Mike Axisa of CBS Sports He says, given the stakes, this is essentially a postseason series.
“The old saying is, it’s not about who you play against, it’s when you play them, and the Yankees and Blue Jays have a number of hot streamers coming into the series.”
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post wrote a column offering advice for the Yankees, including an early hook for Tuesday night starter Jameson Taillon, if the rookie struggles in the early innings.
“Even after their best weekend of the season, amid a six-game win streak, it can’t be emphasized enough how easily this final lap can turn south for these guys. With a one-game lead to the best wild card slot in the American League, the Yankees (89-67) resume action Tuesday night by taking on the hungry Blue Jays (87-69) on their first visit to the raucous. Rogers Center since 2019. The Red Sox (88-68), meanwhile, will be in Baltimore facing the woeful Orioles. “
Sports Illustrated reporter Gary Phillips wrote a story on Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s admiration for Jays MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr .:
Aaron Judge remembers seeing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in spring training and thinking that great things awaited the Blue Jays phenomenon.
“Vlad is about to leave,” Judge told his Yankees teammates, showing off his abilities as a future scout, if not as a psychic. Sure enough, Vladito took the majors by storm in 2021, postulating a .315 / .405 / .601 cutoff line with 46 home runs and 105 RBIs. At just 22 years old, the first baseman has an outside chance to win the Triple Crown with one week left in the regular season.
Matthew Roberson of the New York Daily News praised Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton for going in the clutch for the weekend at Fenway Park. Stanton hit the game-winning grand slam in the eighth on Saturday night and his two-run homer in the eighth on Sunday proved to be the difference.
“The three recent games in Boston showed that Stanton is built for the big moments. As he watched focused on each and every punch, he absolutely struck fear into the hearts of Red Sox pitching. Early in his tenure with the Yankees, impatient fans began to wonder if all those years in Miami had left Stanton ill-prepared to be the center of New York’s attention. “
ESPN’s Sam Borden wrote that the recent success of the Yankees it could be attributed to a pet turtle they acquired a week ago.
“After some discussion, a small (and, it must be said, very cute) turtle was acquired from a neighborhood pet store. The players were ecstatic. The turtle’s name is Bronxie, an ode to her hometown, and she lives a comfortable life. He spends most of his hours in a tank with a piece of tape labeled “Bronxie the Turtle.” He is well fed. At times, he even wanders freely, crawling among the intertwined white NYs on the blue clubhouse carpet.
The Yankees are famous for not having an organizational mascot, but the Bronxie was immediately embraced. “
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