Yankees’ Chad Green adds secret weapon to his pitching arsenal

Andrew Allen
New York Yankees, Chad Green
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees reliever Chad Green has been working on a new breaking pitch with the help of pitching coach Matt Blake. Green has always been able to get batters out with his fastball but has never had a really good number two pitch. 

He has been working hard to improve his arsenal and his ability to get hitters out. When talking about his curveball, he said, “right now, it feels good.” “I am definitely way more comfortable than when I first started throwing it,” Green said. He also talked about why he decided to develop a new pitch. Green said that he “tends to be one dimensional at times.” He said it will help him so that he “won’t have to grind through every inning.” If Green can get comfortable with this pitch, he will be even better than before.

Chad Green has been very vital for the Yankees in the bullpen and came up big in many close games. He also stepped up and became unstoppable when the Yankees used him as an opener. With this new pitch, he will be able to blow hitters away with the fastball and fool them with the curveball. Green doesn’t have another dominant pitch in his arsenal. This could improve his game a lot.

Here were Green’s stats from last season: 54 G, 15 GS, 69.0 IP, 5-5, 4.17 ERA, 98 SO, SO/9 12.8, BB/9 2.5. He started the season off slow but picked it up at the end. 

Chad Green is a very versatile player that can start and finish a game. He can also stay in a game for 2-3 innings and be ready to pitch the next day. He’s a player that the Yankees trust and look to in big-time situations. 

What does this mean for the Yankees?

The Yankees already have one of if not the best bullpen in the league. With a shortened season, you could see the Yanks bullpen even more dominant than they were last year. That is hard to do. Look for Chad Green’s ERA and SO/9 to improve a lot with the new addition of the curveball.