As I write this, the New York Yankees sit 10 games back of first place in the American League East behind the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees could go on a ten game win streak and at the end, they’ll somehow end up like, 15 games back. It makes no sense but it’s safe to say that the Red Sox are a historically great team and the division is theirs.
So it’s time to focus on the 1-game Wildcard against either Seattle, Oakland or maybe even Houston.
Last season in the Wildcard play-in game, Luis Severino started and proceed to get absolutely ROCKED by the Minnesota Twins. He gave up 4 hits and 3 runs and only recorded one out before Joe Girardi had to yank him to save the Yankees season.
Now, after having an amazing first half, Severino has a 7.50 ERA in his last 7 starts. He’s lost every start since the All-Star break and has allowed 14 hits per 9 innings pitched. Every pitch he throws over the plate gets launched into the seats.
So who should start the Wildcard Game?
It’s not Luis Severino. He’s proven that he is incapable of that level of pressure. He is not our Roger Clemens. Not yet anyway.
CC Sabathia just had a 12 strikeout game followed by a 6 inning 1-hit shutout game. My man is a monster in the second half of seasons. I will never forget 2008 when Sabathia was traded from Cleveland to Milwaukee halfway through the year and proceeded to go 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA, 7 complete games and 3 shutouts. Sabathia was SIXTH in National League MVP voting that year and he was only there half a season oh, and he’s a pitcher. They don’t win MVP awards. CC almost did.
Buuuut none of that matters as he’s currently on the disabled list getting his knee drained because he is 38 years old and old people have bad knees. Not sure how I feel about him limping onto the mound to get rocked by the A’s.
JA Happ and Lance Lynn have proven to be masterful acquisitions by the gawd, Brian Cashman as they’ve come out of the clouds to save the bottom of the Yankees starting rotation. Luis Cessa, Domingo German and fill-in-the-blank minor leaguer need not step onto the mound in pinstripes ever again.
Happ is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA since coming over from the Blue Jays. Lance Lynn is 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 3 games for the Yankees as well. I like what these guys are doing. They are the perfect pitchers to throw out there in Games 1 and 2 against the Boston Red Sox after your true number one starter wins the Wildcard game.
How about Sonny Gray? BAHAHAHAHAHAHA
The answer is very clearly Masahiro Tanaka, the most clutch pitcher on this team. Last year’s postseason saw Tanaka step up and show why he was so highly coveted coming out of Japan. Tanaka had a 0.90 ERA with 18Ks and had Cleveland and Houston looking silly.
I know how the internet works. Now that I’ve declared Tanaka the best pitcher on the Yankees, he will get blasted in every single one of his starts until he is forced to retired mid-September because every pitch he throws lands in the parking lot.
But until then, start Masahiro.
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