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August 6, 2020 11:16 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Earns fifth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton retired the side in order without recording a strikeout to earn the save in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Phillies on Wednesday.

Britton was called upon to protect a two-run lead and needed only eight pitches to do so. He now has five saves and has yet to allow a run in any appearance. While Britton will eventually cede the closer role to Aroldis Chapman (illness), he has performed admirably early on and could receive a few more save chances before Chapman can get fully stretched out.

August 3, 2020 11:28 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Picks up fourth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Monday to pick up the save against the Phillies.

He has now allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four across four scoreless innings while notching a save in all four appearances. Aroldis Chapman (illness) threw Monday and will throw a bullpen session within the next two days. Britton is the unquestioned closer while Chapman is away, and he could get enough random wins and saves on days when Chapman is not available to be useful in fantasy for the remainder of the season. After pitching an inning on back-to-back days, Britton may be unavailable for Tuesday's game.

August 3, 2020 03:08 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Converts third save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton tossed a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save in Sunday's 9-7 win over the Red Sox.

Britton has allowed only two baserunners total in his three appearances this season, all of which have resulted in saves. He's been lights-out as the Yankees' closer to start the year but will likely cede the role when Aroldis Chapman (illness) is ready to return.

August 2, 2020 01:28 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Takes rest day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton didn't pitch in Saturday's save situation against the Red Sox because manager Aaron Boone said he "just needed a day," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

The veteran left-hander hasn't seen game action since Thursday, but he got fully warmed up to potentially pitch during Wednesday's and Friday's contests, so Boone is just exercising caution early in the season. Britton should be fully available for Sunday's contest and will continue to be the fill-in closer until Aroldis Chapman (illness) is game ready.

July 31, 2020 12:16 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Cruises to second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton did not allow a baserunner and struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against Baltimore.

Britton needed only 12 pitches to maintain a two-run lead for the Yankees. He now has two saves on the season, with this outing more convincing than his first when he allowed two batters to reach base. Britton should continue to earn save chances for the Yankees until Aroldis Chapman (illness) is able to return.

July 27, 2020 01:32 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Escapes jam to earn save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton allowed one hit and one walk but held the Nationals scoreless to earn the save Sunday.

Britton entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead. Things got dicey almost immediately, as he allowed an infield hit to to the leadoff hitter and a walk later in the frame. He was helped when pinch runner Emilio Bonifacio was caught trying to steal third base, and ultimately recorded the final two outs without incident. Until Aroldis Chapman (illness) is able to return, Britton should be in line to receive save opportunities for New York.

July 11, 2020 04:28 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Could get saves early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton was listed by managed Aaron Boone on Saturday as the natural candidate to step into the closer role should Aroldis Chapman (illness) remain unavailable early in the year, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.

Chapman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Even if he's recovered from the virus by Opening Day, which is less than two weeks away, losing a considerable portion of an already brief summer camp may render him unable to pitch high-leverage innings at the start of the season. Britton, who has 145 career saves under his belt, is a natural deputy. His 3.74 FIP last season doesn't back up his 1.91 ERA, though he's consistently been able to outperform the ERA estimators throughout his career due to his elite groundball rate.

April 30, 2020 11:40 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Buying in on slider
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton improved his command in the middle of the 2019 by committing to his slider more often, Pete Caldera of reports.

Long one of the premier sinkerball hurlers in the league, Britton pushed his slider usage up to 13.6 percent last season, his highest mark since 2013. The southpaw admits he didn't completely buy into the pitch until last season's All-Star break, but his effectiveness is hard to ignore: opposing batters managed a lone single against the offering in 2019. The increased use of the slider also coincided with a strong second half, as Britton improved his ERA from 2.43 to 1.11 and his K:BB from 26:20 to 27:12 after the break. Expect Britton to continue going to the pitch with more frequency in 2020 as he seeks his fifth career campaign with a sub-2.00 ERA.

March 15, 2020 07:32 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Continuing workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton (wrist) took part in the Yankees' informal workout Sunday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.

Even though MLB suspended spring training Thursday, Britton indicated that the "vast majority" of the Yankees roster will continue to go through workouts at the team's facility in Florida in preparation for the season. Given the limited media availability, it's unclear what exactly Britton was able to do Sunday, though he told Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record on Thursday that he expected he would be ready to throw this weekend. Britton suffered a scare Wednesday after being struck by a line drive while throwing a live batting practice session, but he escaped with nothing more than a bruise. He should be fully healthy well before MLB returns from its hiatus.

March 11, 2020 02:00 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: X-rays negative
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton suffered nothing worse than a bruised right wrist after being struck by a line drive, X-rays and a CT scan confirmed Wednesday.

Britton was struck by a comebacker from Erik Kratz during live batting practice but appears to have escaped serious injury. It's not clear when exactly he'll return to action, but with Opening Day still over two weeks away, he doesn't appear to be at risk for a trip to the injured list.

March 11, 2020 12:12 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Getting wrist examined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton is undergoing tests on his right wrist after being struck by a line drive while throwing a live batting practice session Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Britton was reportedly in considerable pain when he walked off the mound after getting smoked by a comebacker off the bat of non-roster invitee Erik Kratz. While Britton is fortunate in that injury is to his non-pitching hand, he could be forced to open the season on the 15-day injured list if tests reveal that he's dealing with any sort of structural damage.

March 11, 2020 11:52 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Struck by liner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton's live batting practice session ended early Wednesday after he was struck in the chest or right arm area by a line drive, Bryan Hoch of reports.

The Yankees' medical staff will examine Britton further before the team likely provides an update on his condition within the next day or two. When healthy, Britton is expected to fill a key setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman this season.

October 9, 2019 12:36 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Will make ALCS roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton (ankle) will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

Initial reports indicated that Britton's ankle issue wasn't a major concern, and things appear to be developing in the right direction for the reliever. Expect him to be an important late-inning option for the Yankees against either the Astros or Rays.

October 8, 2019 11:16 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Expected to be fine for ALCS
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton (ankle) is expected to be back for the start of the ALCS, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Britton left Monday's series-clinching win over the Twins with an ankle issue, but the injury is evidently a minor one. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said after the game, "I talked to Zack and our trainer; both of them gave me not even a yellow flag, but more of a green light."

October 8, 2019 12:12 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Exits with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton left Monday's Game 3 ALDS game against the Twins in the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury. He gave up one run over 1.1 innings before leaving.

Britton appeared to walk off the field gingerly after covering first base on a play in the seventh inning, though he managed to come back out for the eighth before walking off the field with the team trainer. He gave up a rare home run to a left-handed hitter prior to exiting. The extent of Britton's injury is not yet known.

September 1, 2019 10:52 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Not expected to miss time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton feels fine after exiting Saturday's game against the Athletics with a calf cramp and expects to be available to pitch in Sunday's series finale, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Britton appears to have escaped injury after being pulled in eighth inning of Saturday's game following an awkward landing on a pitch to Marcus Semien. The 31-year-old has compiled a 2.15 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 28 holds and a 45:31 K:BB in 58 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

August 31, 2019 04:20 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Calf cramping forces exit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton was removed from Saturday's game against the Athletics due to right calf cramping, David Lennon of Newsday reports.

Britton appeared to suffer the injury after landing awkwardly following a pitch to Marcus Semien in the eighth inning. The southpaw seems to have escaped with a minor injury, though he'll likely undergo additional tests following the conclusion of Saturday's game to be sure he isn't dealing with anything potentially more serious.

August 31, 2019 04:00 PM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Exits with trainer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton was removed from Saturday's game against the Athletics with an apparent injury, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

Britton appeared to land awkwardly after throwing a pitch to Marcus Semien in the eighth inning and subsequently exited the contest with a trainer. He'll be further evaluated following the conclusion of Saturday's game, at which point specifics regarding the injury should become clear.

June 28, 2019 01:56 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Earns victory after blown save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton (3-1) allowed one run on two hits across one inning but earned the victory in an 8-7 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He was also charged with a blown save.

The Blue Jays scratched out a run against Britton with a passed ball sandwiched between two singles. That blew the lead, but Britton managed to keep the game tied, and the Yankees won with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Britton is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 34.1 innings this season, and he's now 16-for-19 in save opportunities.

June 23, 2019 12:12 AM
Yankees' Zack Britton: Notches third save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Britton walked three batters in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Astros.

With Aroldis Chapman having pitched two straight days and three of the last four, the Yankees turned to their other high-priced bullpen lefty to seal the win and Britton nearly blew it -- he threw only 13 of 25 pitches for strikes but finally got Tyler White to line out with the bases loaded. He now sports a 2.51 ERA and 25:18 K:BB through 32.1 innings on the year, with two wins and 15 holds to go with his saves.

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vs Houston 3.200 7.36171
vs LHB 16.200 1.080925
vs RHB 44.200 2.2202328
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