Jameson Taillon shines down the stretch

When the Yankees traded for Jameson Taillon in the off-season, they knew they had to be patient with him. He had not thrown a pitch since 2019 due to surgery to repair a flexor tendon and fix his UCL. He is under control through 2022 so they invested in his development and health beyond 2021.

Taillon had to shake off some rust early on and it showed. His numbers in the first half were not always pretty, posting a 4.90 ERA. His first half FIP and xFIP were 4.66 and 4.49 respectively. While his numbers looked bad Taillon was primed for positive regression as the season went on. His K/BB ratio of 3.58 and K/9 of 9.36 looked promising as well.

The second half is where Taillon has really started seeing results. In the second half Taillon posted an ERA of 1.53 in 35.1 innings pitched. Over the same span his FIP and xFIP are 3.23 and 4.86. His second half surge has been vital to the Yankees success since July, Taillon has been a rock during a time where multiple pitchers have missed time.

This good second half has turned this into a good season for Taillon. Taillon is 7-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 118 innings pitched this season. His FIP and xFIP now sit at 4.24 and 4.60 respectively and his SIERA is now 4.26. He is getting strikeouts with an 8.85 K/9 and 3.31 K/BB ratio. There is room for improvement, but it is refreshing to see Taillon benefit from his hard work.

Looking Ahead

Taillon takes the mound on Thursday to face the Twins where the Yankees look to continue their recent surge. He has faced the Twins twice in his career going 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. Taillon is a big arm for the Yankees down the stretch.

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