TORONTO — Yankees manager Aaron Boone practically clipped the end of the question to begin answering after his smoldering club went nine straight and 16-of-17 with Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Yes, Jameson Taillon deserves serious All-Star Game consideration, he replied emphatically.
“I shouldn’t have to hit the table for that,” Boone said. “You look at the scoreboard, or you pick up a stat sheet, or you look at any number.”
Taillon has All-Star worthy numbers. He has an 8-1 record that holds him for most wins in the majors, his 2.70 ERA is the eighth best in the American League, and he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts.
“He was great,” Boone added.
The same goes for Nestor Cortes, who ran even better with a 1.94 ERA at 6-1 and is third in the AL. He is also 11th in strikeouts.
The three other Yankees starters were also very good. Just look at the stats. Gerrit Cole is 6-1 with a 3.33 ERA and has the third most strikeouts in the AL, Jordan Montgomery is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA, which is ninth best in the AL, and Luis Severino will face the on Sunday Jay’s 4 start -1 with a 2.80 ERA, which would be 11th if he weren’t missing a few innings from qualifying.
Which are All Star worthy?
“I think all five,” Boone said. “Just roll them out. Ten pitches each!”
Boone and the group of writers standing in front of his clubhouse desk laughed, but he’s not wrong. If the Yankees didn’t have so many deserving players to represent them at Dodger Stadium on July 19, and if every team didn’t have to have someone there, then you could plead for any of the Yankees starters.
Most notably, the rotation has left its mark on the Yankees’ 49-16 record, which ranks among the best 65-game starts of any team in any year.
Counting Taillon’s win on Saturday puts the Yankees starters second to the Dodgers’ 2.58 with 28-6 and a 2.71 ERA. They lead the AL in strikeouts, have the fewest walks, and rank third in innings.
“It was really special,” Boone said. “What they’ve done here in 60+ games, the consistency they’ve had has been a really remarkable achievement for them. It’s been fun watching them take over the ball and give us the kind of outings they keep having.”
Realistically, at least one and maybe two Yankees starting pitchers will go to the All-Star Game. Cortes is likely a lock and Cole would probably be the favorite against Taillon if two are picked.
“I’ve already booked some All-Star plans (for the Hamptons), so I don’t know if I’m really expecting it or not,” Taillon said, “but it would definitely be a cool honor.”
How about all five?
“I love that,” he said. “We were all on a roll.”
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