The resiliency of the New York Yankees battling through an injury-plagued 2019 season only shows why they can be successful during the playoffs. With one game remaining to clinch the 100 win-feat, the Bombers are preparing to pick their roster for the postseason.
Luckily, they have returned several players that will be influential factors in their success. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton‘s return was triumphant for one reason; he didn’t pick up another injury.
Going 1-for-3 against the Los Angeles Angels, Stanton enjoyed his 10th game of the season, overcoming a slew of different injuries—A left biceps strain, an injured left shoulder, a strained calf, and a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. All of these issues have compiled into what was an injury-plagued season for just Stanton, let alone the entire team. However, his return provides a huge boost for not only the batting order but also a thin outfield that lost Mike Tauchman for the season several weeks ago.
Who will be the most important player for the New York Yankees?
The most impactful player for the postseason likely won’t be Stanton, though. Last year, he wasn’t the most clutch option for the Yankees as they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the playoffs. This time around, ace Luis Severino will be the catalyst for success. Tossing four scoreless innings in his season debut, Severino looks like his former self.
The Yankees have had struggles in regards to the starting pitching rotation, but he will alleviate some of those concerns and take the pressure off of Domingo German’s back.
If the Yankees are confident in his ability to pitch 4 to 6 innings, he can be hugely influential in helping them reach the World Series. Run production hasn’t been an issue for the Yanks this season, but their lack of quality pitching has hurt them at times. With Dellin Betances missing the season up to this point and then partially tearing his Achilles tendon last week, the Yankees will have to supplement his loss in the bullpen. Severino going more innings will help in that facet.