New York Yankees: James Paxton Is Key to 2019 World Series Run
With the New York Yankees acquiring starting pitcher James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners, it’s clear that they are another step closer to a World Series championship.
Paxton gives the Yanks a 30-year old left-handed starter that can blow hitters away.
The 6-year pro struck out 208 batters in 160.1 innings last season.
James Paxton also was dominant against one of the better clubs in baseball, the Houston Astros.
In 26.1 innings against Houston, the lefty allowed only six runs.
Paxton also hurled a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays back on May 8.
I’m sure Blue Jay fans aren’t happy about seeing Paxton in the same division next year and beyond.
New York should be careful with how they use James Paxton since he has been on the disabled list several times throughout his career.
However, since the man they call “Big Maple” is healthy, it would benefit the Yankees to try and stretch Paxton out and have him pitch more innings next season.
The Yankees traded top prospect Justus Sheffield and two other prospects to Seattle in order to reel in Paxton.
The Yankees clearly didn’t want to wait for Sheffield to develop into a starter and since their team is ready to compete for a title, it makes sense to make a deal for a proven veteran like Paxton.
New York hasn’t captured a World Series trophy since 2009 and with the Boston Red Sox winning their second title this decade, the Yankees are doing whatever it takes to fix any problems. (They have been trying to do this for over several years now with Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, etc.)
Paxton will have to make sure his command is on point. He did allow 23 home runs a season ago and with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium things could get out of hand if he’s not careful.
Paxton will be a vital part of the Yankees attempt at a championship run next season. It’s important the Yanks find starting pitchers that they can rely on consistently because the last thing they should do is wear out their bullpen.