New York Yankees Go For The Sweep Against The Mighty Blue Jays
Brad Penner-USATSI

After a thrilling victory in game two of a three-game set, the New York Yankees will go for the sweep Wednesday in the Bronx.

  • Toronto Blue Jays (77-61)
  • New York Yankees (72-62)
  • American League, 7:05 PM ET, YES Network
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

Following a nail-biting victory in game two as well as game one, the New York Yankees are set out to do something they have yet to do against any team this season, sweep a three-game series.

New York took down the first-place Blue Jays last night in a back and forth game for the ages that would wind up being a night where the Yankees had to use numerous arms out of the bullpen.

It should be noted that the Yankees are now only 4.5 games back from first place in the division, and they are 3.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

Tonight, the Yankees are expected to send Bryan Mitchell to the mound, who is returning surgery on his toe, to close out the series and sweep the first place Jays.

Mitchell is returning from an injury he suffered in spring training that prevented him from seeing a major league mound this season. The righty has a 4.29 ERA through six starts this season in the minors, but in his last outing, he held the Blue Jays Triple A-Affiliate Buffalo Bisons to just one run.

Opposing him will be Blue Jays pitcher, Marcus Stroman. Stroman has not been as dominant this year as he was in previous years, in 27 starts he is 9-6 with a 4.58 ERA.

Stroman has faced the Yankees six times in his career and he owns a 2.39 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 27 innings. This year in his lone start against them, he went eight strong innings while giving up only two runs and striking out three.

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Injury Report:

New York placed rookie right-hander Chad Green on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to September 3. While the 25-year old is not expected to return this season thanks to a strained UCL, the ligament is intact.

Green has elected to try to rehab his strained flexor tendon without undergoing surgery.

Player To Watch:

 Tyler Austin

In his last seven games, Austin owns a .400 batting average with a bomb of a home run and four RBI’s. We have started to see Austin start to use his opposite field power, especially last night when he launched a home run into the right-field bleachers.

So far, in these two games against the Blue Jays, he is 3-for-5 with all three of his hits because extra base hits. It will be interesting to watch and see if he can keep his hot streak in the month of September rolling.

Baby Bombers Doing Their Thing:

The “baby bombers” were a key piece the Yankees win last night against the Jays. Aaron Judge made a nice catch on the run while also hitting a single. Right after the single, Tyler Austin hit a monstrous opposite field home run into the right-field bleachers.

Then in the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez made an incredible game-saving block behind the plate that prevented a run from scoring.

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If all three of the baby bombers can find a way to get red-hot right now, the surging Yankees can find themselves with a terrifyingly good offense down the stretch that other teams will be downright intimidated by.

Bold Prediction:

Tyler Austin will go 2-for-4 with a home run and Aaron Judge will continue to attempt breaking out of his slump going 1-for-4 with a home run. The Yankees will cruise to victory in a 7-3 win and sweep a team in a three-game series for the first time this season.

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