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Blue Jays' lack of plate discipline shows vs. Yankees' all-around mastery

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15.09.2019

TORONTO – The New York Yankees have an unofficial offensive mantra of sorts, clearly articulated by manager Aaron Boone and often executed by his players: create traffic, slug mistakes. It works in the regular season and it’ll work in the playoffs. The thing is, it’s not easy to do.

In Saturday’s 13-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Brett Gardner was the one crushing mistakes. He went deep twice on the afternoon and the second of his two homers followed the Yankees’ playbook perfectly.

First, they put two runners on via walk and hit by pitch. Then, Brock Stewart threw a centre-cut 91 m.p.h. fastball, missing Danny Jansen’s target atop the zone. And finally, Gardner crushed it.

That sequence reinforced an important contrast between the Blue Jays and Yankees. The Blue Jays don’t compare to the Yankees when it comes to hitting homers (no team in baseball history has ever hit more than New York’s total of 285 and counting) but they do hit their share. The Blue........

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