New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said that the team will play by their own rules come October. Since the Yankees have been plagued with injuries all season, Boone plans to work many games being a little creative.
“We’re going to be a little untraditional,” said Boone. “The only one we might use as a traditional starter is (James) Paxton.”
Paxton has been on fire recently for the Yankees after a hiccup earlier in the season. The left-hander has won his last nine consecutive starts and has a 14-6 record. The most dominant start he’s had this month came against the Texas Rangers where he went seven full frames allowing one hit and fanning 12.
The New York Yankees intend to utilize the “opener” strategy for the postseason. Their primary opener will most likely be Chad Green, who’s been overall dominate in that role.
Domingo German, who’s been a starter all season, is planned to follow the opener if they choose to go that route. He’s also expected to fill a variety of roles, potentially being used as a traditional starter as well.
Luis Severino will most likely do the same thing German is doing. He’s intended to work up his pitch count and innings during the month of September.
CC Sabathia is likely not going to return as a starter, but potentially in the bullpen. He clearly cannot go the distance consistently, which is key for the playoffs. However, Sabathia can still get guys out so the New YorkYankees will still look to get him innings.