Time and time again, the New York Yankees go to Luis Cessa and he never seems to come through.
After a positive spring, Luis Cessa is back to struggling, especially in tight situations. On Saturday, he was put in to pitch the 11th inning instead of Adam Ottavino with the game tied at one. Well, Cessa gave up a home run to Austin Meadows as the Yankees went on to lose that game 2-1.
Why the Yankees have held onto him
Right once Cessa begins to struggle, it seems he does just enough for the Yankees to not get rid of him.
After a disappointing 2018 season that ended up with him having a 5.24 ERA, there was a lot of doubt whether he would stay with the team in 2019. Remember, he is out of options. He must be traded or DFA’d to make it back to the minors.
In spring training, he was absolutely dominant with an ERA of 0.98 in 18 and 1/3 innings. It was obviously enough for him to make the roster.
Then, it didn’t take long for him to struggle. He gave up two runs in his first appearance of the season, and in a game a few weeks ago against the Giants, he gave up four runs.
But now, it really may be time for him to go. In my opinion, Cessa is the Tyler Wade of the pitching staff. He has good springs and plays well in the minors, but can’t do much of anything in the MLB.