Baseball James Paxton goes from “bust” to playoff game 1 starter for Yankees by Gregg Snyder October 3, 2019 New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the three pitchers that would make up his clubs starting rotation for the American League Division Series which begins Friday against the Minnesota Twins. Take the ball for Game 1 is first year Yankee, James Paxton. It’s been an up and down season for Paxton. Back in November of last year, the Yankees sent highly regarded pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, right-hander Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Paxton, the Canadian-born lefty. After a breakout season in 2017, Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts in 2018. The Yankees saw Paxton as a top of the rotation guy with ace potential. Early in the season, many, including Yankees fans had labeled Paxton a “bust” as he struggled to find consistency. In six starts through March/April, Paxton went 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA, not horrible numbers by any means. In May, Paxton threw just seven innings in two games, but did not allow a run. Things went down hill after that. Paxton had a winning record of 2-1 in June but his ERA sky-rocketed. He held a 7.15 ERA in five games pitched in June. July was no better as Paxton went 0-3 with a 5.58 ERA through five starts. This is when the “busts” chatter hit it’s highest level. Once August hit, Paxton’s season took a turn. In six starts, Paxton went 6-0 with a 3.57 ERA, throwing 35.1 innings and striking out 39 opposing batters. Paxton became the ace the Yankees felt they were getting when they acquired him and talk began about the lefty leading the rotation once playoff time came around. It got even better in September. Paxton went 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA in the month of September and with Masahiro Tanaka’s inconsistency and Luis Severino still working himself back from injury, the lefty firmly planted himself as the team’s ace. Opponents hit .330 and .336 against Paxton in June and July, respectively. As he turned his season around beginning in August and continuing into September, opponents hit just .192 and .156 respectively. Paxton has only faced the Twins once this season and pitched three innings, giving up two runs (one earned). Now the stakes are much higher and the Yankees are counting on the hot streak for Paxton to continue. The struggles of early summer seem so long ago and Paxton is now the ace the Yankees will count on to get the series momentum on their side. Post Views: 902 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Gregg Snyder Latest posts by Gregg Snyder (see all) Last Dance Championship to be Played at Arm & Hammer Park - June 24, 2020 Monmouth Park To Open For Fans July 2 - June 23, 2020 Giants Stars to Join Hip New Jersey Telethon - May 26, 2020 Drive-In experience planned for Yankee Stadium - May 21, 2020 Related TopicsFeatureJames PaxtonMasahiro TanakaMLB2019New York Yankees Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Headlines Trending Videos Charity Events “Ticket to Ride” Campaign Benefits Fantastic Friends of WNY Baseball The First Day of Summer Camp Lacrosse New York Lizards, Major League Lacrosse Eye July Return Hockey Edmonton, Toronto Selected As Hub Cities FACES Hard work has led to success for John Jacob in high school football Baseball Yankees’ Billy Martin’s Luxury Lake House For Sale FACES Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football Baseline Jumper Baseline Jumper, Episode 126: Kyrie’s Comments, Adam Silver, and Protesting in the NBA (Audio) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: National Lacrosse League Host & Producer, Devan Kaney (VIDEO) Football “Overtime” – Ep. 43: New York Guardians 2020 Season Opener (Video) BIZ “Overtime” – Ep. 40: NY Raptors Thanksgiving Classic 2019 (VIDEO) Podcasts More in Baseball The First Day of Summer Camp The first day of summer camp. It’s a day that signifies excitement, happiness and... A Timeline of Negotiations Between the MLB Owners, Players It all began on Mar. 26, 2020. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major... Honoring the Legend of Satchel Paige As we celebrate the Negro League’s Centennial season, we look back at some of... You Know I’m Right, Episode 21: Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest, Cam Newton And Barry Bonds (Audio) On the 21st episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese discuss: 2020 Nathan’s... How Should the New York Yankees Construct Their Postseason Roster? Should Yankees have given ball to Masahiro Tanaka for Game One?