The New York Yankees have had some of their superstars to yet step on a field this season. Luis Severino and Dellin Betances have not made their 2019 debut yet and Giancarlo Stanton has only appeared in nine games. The returns of these three players would ultimately aid the Yankees greatly in the 2019 postseason.
Yankees fans remember Betances’ dominance in the 2018 postseason which ultimately led the team deep into the ALCS. He was the Yankees’ “go-to” guy when they were in a jam and needed an out. He held opponents one run in both the ALDS and ALCS.
Betances’ return would be huge for the Yankees. He’s been making rehab appearances and is certainly on his way. There is hope that Betances will make a return this month.
The Giancarlo Stanton hate doesn’t make sense. Yankee fans have to remember that this is a guy who won the NL MVP in 2017 with 59 home runs and 132 runs batted in. Last season with the Yankees, he smashed 38 dingers with 100 RBIs. When this guy is healthy, he can be absolutely terrifying to opposing pitchers.
I understand the “what have you done for me lately?” attitude towards Stanton, but injuries aren’t something that a player can ultimately control. Good news though, Stanton has been working out down in Tampa and there’s hope for a September return as well.
One of the more obvious players on the list, Luis Severino’s return would be monumental for the Yankees. In either a starter or bullpen role, the guy just knows how to pitch. When facing elimination against the Twins in 2017, Severino clutched up and got the win.
His last two rehab starts have gone well, and he’s expected to make one more until he rejoins the big club. I believed the Yankees intend to bring him back into a starter role as they are working his pitch count up to 60 pitches in his next rehab start.