Paxton’s Yankees Moment – Clovercrest Media Group – Medium
By JJ Vargas
In Tuesday’s match against divisional long time rival Boston Red Sox, the stage was set for James Paxton to show his position as a star in the bullpen. On Tuesday night, “The Big Maple” did just that in a dominant 8–0 win which he shut out the competition.
“I felt like I really found something tonight” Paxton told the press after the game. Paxton became the first Yankee southpaw pitcher to record twelve strikeouts, two hits or lower and one walk or less since David Wells did it in 1998.
“It’s a big deal beating Boston, especially being here. You know we want to beat Boston every time. It’s a big rivalry.” Paxton expressed after being asked about his performance.
Paxton was the Yankees big fish acquisition in the offseason adding him to an already talented bullpen. His addition is now more valuable with the injuries suffered by ace Luis Severino. Dellin Betances is also set to miss up to three weeks until further evaluated.
The Yankees drew first blood in the first of nineteen games played against the Red Sox this season. Early game in April or playoff game in October, beating the Red Sox when wearing pinstripes in a accomplishment of its own. You’re officially a Yankee, Big Maple.