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New York Yankees closer Clay Holmes picked up his 22nd save of the season in Monday's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Holmes entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth up by two and turned in a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. While his role and performance have fluctuated at times throughout the season, Holmes has pitched well overall, converting all but three save opportunities with a 2.95 ERA and 10.18 K/9 rate. Hopefully, he will be able to help fantasy managers out a bit more in the final week of the season.
New York Yankees rookie right-hander Randy Vasquez came on in relief on Sunday in the 7-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and surrendered two earned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings after replacing starter Carlos Rodon. For the final week of the regular season, Vasquez is likely to continue coming out of the bullpen with Luke Weaver settling into the fifth spot in the starting rotation. The 24-year-old Dominican has only appeared in 10 games (five starts) for the Yankees in his first major-league season, but he's been decent, posting a 2.91 ERA (5.35 FIP), 1.23 WHIP, 16 walks and 27 strikeouts in 34 innings. However, he's also been pretty fortunate given his 10.7 percent walk rate.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said on Sunday that he has no plans of shutting it down with just one week left in the season. However, manager Aaron Boone was less definitive about it on Monday than Judge was, saying that he would talk to Judge about him playing the rest of the way. The 31-year-old right-handed power hitter is starting against the Arizona Diamondbacks and right-hander Merrill Kelly on Monday, and he's received just three days off since returning from the injured list from his toe injury in late August. The Yankees are out of the playoff picture and may prefer to get some of their younger players some more at-bats with one week left in the season.
New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is getting the day off on Monday with the Arizona Diamondbacks in town. Aaron Judge is serving as the designated hitter and batting in the two-hole, while rookie Everson Pereira (hamstring) returns to left field and the nine-hole against Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly. Stanton is in a funk at the plate in the month of September, going 6-for-55 (.109) with four home runs, seven RBI, 25 strikeouts and seven runs scored in 15 starts. He has just two hits (one homer) and 13 strikeouts in his last eight starts since Sept. 12, so he's been out of the lineup three times in the last four games.
New York Yankees right-hander Frankie Montas (shoulder) isn't being ruled out for a potential return to the team for the final week of the 2023 season. Montas has been on the 60-day injured list all year after shoulder surgery this spring, but he's been working hard to make an appearance before the season ends. He's made two starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the last week, including two scoreless innings and 25 total pitches on Saturday. It would be a positive step for Montas, but he's also set to become a free agent this winter and is unlikely to return to the Bronx in 2024. His acquisition from the Oakland Athletics last summer at the trade deadline will go down as one of the worst blockbuster deals in general manager Brian Cashman's tenure.