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- August 26, 2023 at 11:51 am #38806TerrellNembhardGuest
A little over a week ago, our own Andres Chavez composed a list of the three most indispensable players on the Yankees roster. The names listed were Jonathan Loisiga, Aaron Judge, and Gerrit Cole. Andres spelled out the fact that without these players healthy and performing, the Yankees would be in dire straits. Just days later, its safe to say that Andres couldnt have been any more correct.Lets start with Loisiga. He last pitched on September 3 before hitting the injured list with a right shoulder strain. I cant stress enough how important hes been for the Yankees out of the bullpen this season. He leads all major league relievers with 2.2 fWAR and has thrown the third-most innings in the American League out of the pen with 68.0. In his absence, the Yankees now lack the high-leverage option that Loisiga represented. Since hes been on the shelf, the New York bullpen owns a 6.85 ERA, which, in simpler terms, is 17 earned runs in 22.1 innings. Thats not going to win you games. In fact Derek Jeter Jersey, the last time the Yankees won a baseball game was also the last time Loisiga was on the mound.