Sport Jameson Taillon makes Yankees debut in first start in nearly two years, strikes out seven vs. Orioles
NYY vs. BAL: Jameson Taillon vs. John Means
One of the newest Yankees will make his Bronx debut in the series finale against Baltimore.Taillon has been out since May 2019, having undergone Tommy John surgery later that year. The Yankees then acquired him in a trade with the Pirates in the offseason, reuniting him with his friend Gerrit Cole. The Yankees have been careful with him so far, waiting until the sixth game of the season for his first start of the season. He was especially impressive in spring training, allowing just one run in 8.1 innings.
Right-handermade his debut on Wednesday night, throwing 4 ⅔ innings against the in his first start since May 1, 2019. Taillon had spent most of the past two years recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Taillon's final line saw him permit two runs on three hits and no walks. Both of the runs were surrendered on solo homers, with those coming off the bats ofand . Taillon also punched out seven batters and threw 47 strikes on 74 pitches, good for a 63.5 strike percentage. He faced 17 batters before being replaced by reliever .
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Taillon's fastball averaged 93.3 mph, or about a tick slower than the 94.7 mph mark he clocked in at in 2019. He leaned on a pair of secondary offerings in addition to the heater, throwing his slider 23 times and his curveball 17 times. Overall, he generated 11 whiffs on 35 swings, with five of those coming against the fastball. He showed off a noticeably shorter arm action than the one he used during his most recent big-league outing.
Taillon entered the night with 82 career big-league starts to his name. In those, he had compiled a 3.67 ERA (112 ERA+) and a 3.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His best season occurred in 2018, when he posted a 3.20 ERA and he recorded nearly four strikeouts per walk issued. That season remains the only in which he's thrown more than 150 innings.
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The Yankees acquired Taillon from thein late January as part of a five-player deal that sent out right-handed pitchers and , as well as infielder Maikol Escotto and outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba. Taillon, it should be noted, is scheduled to qualify for free agency after the 2022 season.
As of press time, the Yankees were trailing the Orioles 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
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