With the New York Yankees earning their 100th win of the season and clinching the top spot in the AL East on Thursday night, a celebration commenced. On the eve of an unfortunate Domingo German suspension, the Bombers had a positive thing to enjoy, however, losing one of their top pitchers will undoubtedly hurt them during the postseason.
We should expect to see more of CC Sabathia in a bullpen role for the playoffs, and the starting pitching rotation will now land on Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton. A capable trio of pitchers that can excel when in rhythm, but the lack of live-action from Severino and the inconsistencies throughout the season from Tanaka and Paxton present issues.
Despite the uncertainties of the pitching corps, utility player Tyler Wade was full of excitement and positivity following the Yankees clinching of the top spot in the AL East.
Tyler Wade dropping F-bombs on YES. LOVE IT!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7dQ9ifZCyS
— Andrew (@Andrew_Rotondi) September 20, 2019
The Bombers have one of the more exciting and youth-oriented teams in the league, which not only makes them fun to watch but to listen to as well. Wade has been in and out of the active roster this season, but he was happy to be a part of the clinching squad the week.
While Wade was popping champagne, top offseason signing DJ LeMahieu was poised and professional, answering questions with focus.
This is the most amped you’ll ever see Dj LeMahieu pic.twitter.com/B5yzWz4jmZ
— Joe(Bronx Pinstripes writer) (@deflategator) September 20, 2019
LeMahieu, who is hitting .329 on the year, is one of the Yankees leaders and top offensive producers. His influence has been significant in the success the team has enjoyed this year while battling injuries. He will be needed for the team to succeed during the postseason and beyond.
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The return of Giancarlo Stanton will help bolster the lineup, especially in regards to the team’s run production and home run totals. Sabathia will work out of the bullpen in a relief role, and Gary Sanchez will likely return this season to play beyond the regular season.