BaseballJames Paxton goes from “bust” to playoff game 1 starter for Yankees by Gregg Snyder October 3, 2019 New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the three pitchers that would make up his clubs starting rotation for the American League Division Series which begins Friday against the Minnesota Twins. Take the ball for Game 1 is first year Yankee, James Paxton.It’s been an up and down season for Paxton.Back in November of last year, the Yankees sent highly regarded pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, right-hander Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Paxton, the Canadian-born lefty. After a breakout season in 2017, Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts in 2018. The Yankees saw Paxton as a top of the rotation guy with ace potential.Early in the season, many, including Yankees fans had labeled Paxton a “bust” as he struggled to find consistency. In six starts through March/April, Paxton went 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA, not horrible numbers by any means.In May, Paxton threw just seven innings in two games, but did not allow a run.Things went down hill after that. Paxton had a winning record of 2-1 in June but his ERA sky-rocketed. He held a 7.15 ERA in five games pitched in June. July was no better as Paxton went 0-3 with a 5.58 ERA through five starts. This is when the “busts” chatter hit it’s highest level.Once August hit, Paxton’s season took a turn. In six starts, Paxton went 6-0 with a 3.57 ERA, throwing 35.1 innings and striking out 39 opposing batters. Paxton became the ace the Yankees felt they were getting when they acquired him and talk began about the lefty leading the rotation once playoff time came around.It got even better in September. Paxton went 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA in the month of September and with Masahiro Tanaka’s inconsistency and Luis Severino still working himself back from injury, the lefty firmly planted himself as the team’s ace.Opponents hit .330 and .336 against Paxton in June and July, respectively. As he turned his season around beginning in August and continuing into September, opponents hit just .192 and .156 respectively.Paxton has only faced the Twins once this season and pitched three innings, giving up two runs (one earned). Now the stakes are much higher and the Yankees are counting on the hot streak for Paxton to continue. The struggles of early summer seem so long ago and Paxton is now the ace the Yankees will count on to get the series momentum on their side. Post Views: 1,224The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsGregg SnyderLatest posts by Gregg Snyder (see all) ITZ Staff Makes Super Bowl LV Predictions. Which team wins? Who is MVP? - February 5, 2021 Jets And Nike Create New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League - February 3, 2021 NJ Sports Photographer, Lauren Guillen, Raising Funds For Local Youth Holiday Gifts - December 11, 2020 President Trump Awards Lou Holtz With Medal of Freedom - December 3, 2020 Related TopicsFeatureJames PaxtonMasahiro TanakaMLB2019New York Yankees Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 How Former NFL Scout and Coach Chris Landry Became an Entrepreneur and Sportscaster by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 23, 2021 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... How Should the New York Yankees Construct Their Postseason Roster? Should Yankees have given ball to Masahiro Tanaka for Game One?