New York Yankees: How Concerned Should We Be About Luis Severino’s Injury?

On Monday, the New York Yankees presumed ace Luis Severino was scratched from his first spring start due to what the team called “rotator cuff inflammation” and will be shut down for two weeks. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said that it is “highly unlikely” that Severino will start the season with the team, forcing the Yankees to look for a new opening day starter. Severino was warming up in the bullpen and felt pain in his shoulder at about 1PM, 10 minutes prior to first pitch.

With Severino likely not on the 25 man roster to start the season, this leaves the fifth starting pitcher position wide open. Plus, how severe is Severino’s injury anyway? We’ll look into all of it right now.

Yankees: Severino’s concern level

From what we hear, the Yankees are not particularly concerned about Severino…. yet. When he had his MRI Tuesday, the results came back quite clean. With that being said, he should be cleared after two weeks if his shoulder isn’t hurting. No Tommy John surgery has been recommended, but if he continues to have pain after the two weeks, the team will grow more concerned.

The plan is to begin a throwing program after the two weeks, then get him some in-game action before camp breaks and the team heads to Washington for an exhibition. My guess is that he would spend a week or two in extended spring training before going to Trenton and/or Scranton for a few rehab stints. Remember, CC Sabathia is also a few weeks behind due to his offseason heart surgery and will also likely not be on the opening day roster.

Options from free agency

When talking about free-agents, two names come into the minds of Yankees fans: Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez.

In 2018, Dallas Keuchel had a rather down season, his ERA at 3.74 in just over 200 innings. A lot of people thought that the Yankees might push towards him more than signing JA Happ or acquiring James Paxton. But the team didn’t and now heading towards the middle part of March and spring training, he remains a free-agent.

Gio Gonzalez had an ERA last season of 4.21, but remained effective with a 10-11 record in just over 170 innings. Gonzalez, now 33, was a former first round draft pick in 2004. He could still be a fit for any team, and his stats show those of an average fifth starter.

But which one is the better option? In my opinion, Gonzalez is. Gonzalez is older than Keuchel and is now fit to be a five starter, and will not want a whole lot of money. Keuchel was the Astros number one starter just a few years ago, but is now settling as more of a two or three starter.

If Keuchel was available after the 2019 season, the Yankees would jump right on board with him, but they have a solid rotation when healthy. Signing Keuchel would be expensive, and would force the Yankees to really rearrange their pitching staff once everyone is healthy. With Gonzalez, you can DFA or release him and not lose much of anything for your team or salary.

In-house options

The Yankees have a few guys who could replace both Severino and CC in the first few weeks of the season.

Luis Cessa is the first name Yankee fans jump to. Cessa hasn’t had it that great so far in the big leagues, an ERA a bit under five and a 5-11 record. He is slowly improving, but the problem is that he’s out of options. If he starts in the MLB this season, to send him to Scranton they must DFA him and hope he clears waivers.

Domingo German struggled last year for the Yankees, making some starts for injured pitchers in the springtime. His ERA was over 5.50 and won just two games in 14 starts. But his start this spring has been promising, giving up no runs thus far in 4 2/3 innings.

Jonathan Loaisiga, or “Jonny Lasagna” also made a few starts last season, but had an ERA over five despite going 2-0. He definitely needs some more work, and got hammered on Tuesday against the Cardinals, giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

It remains unknown how the Yankees will fill Severino’s hole to start the season, but either way the team goes, there are options.

Can The New York Yankees Trust Luis Severino As Their Ace In 2019?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees re-signed starting pitcher J.A. Happ to be their ace in 2019, but Luis Severino could bounce back in a big way after a lackluster second-half to the 2018 season.

Severino finished the year with a 3.39 ERA, allowing 19 home runs and striking out 46 batters. The first half of the season for the Yankees youth product was fantastic, but he fell off after the All-Star break. Reports have indicated that the Yankees were “absolutely convinced” Severino was tipping his pitches.

How did they know?

In game 3 of the ALDS, Luis started the game, allowing six runs and seven hits in 3-plus innings. The cameras caught Red Sox players predicting his pitches regularly.

This is purely a fundamental lapse – something that Severino can correct for the future.

Before the All-Star break, he earned an ERA of 2.31 and went 14-2. After, he went 5-6 with a 5.57 ERA. Those number differentials are significant, and it has to indicate a consistent mistake that teams began to notice. I would expect the Yankees to work on hiding hid pitches a bit better and changing his pre-pitch action.

You could raise the argument of a potential injury affecting his velocity, but FanGraphs proves otherwise. On opening day, Severino threw his fastball 97.9 mph, and in his final regular-season start he threw 97.3 mph. This would prove that he was healthy and not fighting through a hidden ailment.

It seems as if the Yankees simply didn’t catch the trend of Sevy tipping his pitches, which is unacceptable. They need to be more aware of his tendencies and provide him with the support he needs to operate at a premier level.

Moving forward, I expect the pitching coaches to focus on hiding his pitches and extracting the most value form Severino. It’s very possible he returns next season in full-form and has a more consistent season.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Why Is Luis Severino Struggling – Can He Fix It?

New York Yankees’ 24-year-old ace Luis Severino has shown a mid-season struggle as of late. In his last four starts through 19.1 innings pitched, Sevy has allowed 33 hits, 19 earned runs and 7 home runs – recording an 8.84 ERA. In those innings pitched, batters are hitting .384/.418/.698/1.115 against him.

He has allowed just 32 hits in his previous 47.1 innings pitched before things started to go south for him on July 7th against the Toronto Blue Jays. In his 18 starts before those last four, he posted a 1.98 ERA through 118.1 innings pitched, with allowing just six home runs and batters only hitting .195/.251/.282/.533 against him.

It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly the issue is here. In his last four starts, he is throwing 70% strikes compared to 68% strikes in the previous 18 starts. His BB% has actually gone down to 2.1% in the second half of the season from a 6.4 BB% in the first half.

The most alarming stats I have seen that should warrant concern for the front-end starter are his line-drive percentage, home-run per fly-ball percentage, and his hard-contact percentage. In his first 18 starts, Sevy has induced a 25 LD% – that number soars up to a 36 LD% in his last 4 starts. Just in July alone, Severino’s HR/FB% rocketed to a 25.9% from a 6.6% in the previous months. Same with his HC%, he is allowing a 39.8 HC% in July from a 32.0 HC% prior to July.

Put simply, he is throwing just as many strikes but is allowing batters to make way more hard contact, which in turn is producing more line-drives and more home runs. Prior to those struggling 4 starts, batters against him only averaged a .273 BAbip – in those 4 starts, a .433 BAbip. He has become extremely hittable since that July 7th start, and there could be a few reasons why.

Could Luis Severino be injured?

When comparing his best outing of the season to his worst, it seems he has lost some velocity on his pitches. On May 2nd in Houston, Sevy tossed a complete game shut out. In that game, he threw his fastball 55% of the time, his changeup 15% of the time, and his slider 31% of the time. The average velocity for each pitch in that outing was: FB – 99.0mph, CH – 89.4mph, SL – 89.4mph. His most recent start, arguably his worst, was July 28th at home against Kansas City where he threw for 4.1 innings and allowed 6 earned runs. In that game, he used his fastball 53% of the time, his changeup 6% of the time, and his slider 41% of the time. A similar approach, but the average velocity of each pitch was: FB – 97.5mph, CH – 87.4mph, SL – 88.2mph.

Is he tipping pitches?

This seems unlikely considering Severino’s caliber as a pitcher, but if that IS the case, that would explain why batters have been squaring up on his pitches more easily. A few ways that batters can anticipate the pitch before it leaves the mound is with different arm angles, motion speeds, glove positioning, and pitch grip visibility. This is a relatively easy fix – some video tape work and assessing body language and motion can help Severino take note of any hints he may be giving batters and can adjust accordingly.

Maybe Sevvy is just going through a mental slump?

When he has been lights-out all season, people sometimes forget that he’s still a human who is going to have blips throughout the year. In a post-game interview with catcher Austin Romine after the 7/28 outing, he stated that, “[Severino] was kind of scattered all over the place. I was trying to reiterate to him to stay down the zone and throw through me. He was kind of inconsistent with his fastball today,” according to the New York Times.

Severino is slated to open up the series against the Red Sox in Boston this week. Whatever the case may be, hopefully he can reset and put those last 4 starts behind him. With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez out of the lineup, we will need our #1 starter on his A-game to hold down the Red Sox’s offense.

New York Yankees Sign Luis Severino’s Little Brother, Just 19 Years-Old

The New York Yankees are showing their loyalty to ace pitcher Luis Severino, by signing his little brother Rafael Severino. At just 19 years-old, mini-sevvy will join the ranks of Dominican Republic academy for the Yankees.

The best part, Luis was given the task of telling his little brother, in which he reacted like any normal person would, according to ESPN:

“He was flipping out. He didn’t believe it,” Luis said at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon.

“Yippee … sign me up for that,” Boone said. “It’s definitely good to have another Severino in the mix.”

“When he went to the academy, it was like, ‘Oh my God. This is so amazing. This is great,'” Luis Severino said. “I say, ‘This is the bottom line. This is the first step. If you start working, that’s nothing.'”

Luis spent a good chunk of time struggling and refining his tool-box before having a stellar 2017, finishing with a 14-6 record and 2.98 ERA. So far in 2018, Sevvy has collected a resounding 13 wins and just two losses. He currently owns the top ERA in the MLB at 1.98. His abilities have been on full display this season and could be in a stellar spot to compete for the Cy Young award.

How fast does Rafael throw?

Luis’s brother, Rafael, currently tosses an 88-89 mph fastball, about 10 mph less than his older brother. At just 19 years-old, that’s a solid speed, and there’s no doubt he has room to grow now that he’s been enlisted in the Yankees’ camp.

“He doesn’t throw that hard, he’s really skinny,” Luis Severino said. “But when he gets stronger, he’s going to throw hard.”

Having a brother duo is always fun and exciting to watch. Maybe, someday, both will hold spots on the starting roster.

Series Opener: Yankees Power to win behind Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs powered the offense and Luis Severino led the pitching staff with a superb game in the Yankees 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton’s two homers gave him his third multi-homer game of the season. Coming into this series in the last 6 games, Stanton was hitting .227/.313/.455, going 4-19 with 10 strikeouts, three walks and four RBIs.

With his two home run performance, fans hope that Stanton will keep producing at a higher pace throughout the series.

Severino was strong through 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out 11 and leaving with a 2.21 ERA.

Despite an elite performance against the hot-hitting Red Sox, Severino received a no decision in the game. Dan Martin of the New York Post wrote that:

“It was still an impressive night, since right-handed starters — including Severino — were 1-15 with a 7.48 ERA in 26 starts against the Red Sox before Tuesday.”

And Severino told Martin:

“I was grinding through,” Severino said. “It was hard.”

Severino struck out Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and when they did get hits off him, they stayed in the park and didn’t result in RBIs. The only scoring with Severino in the game came on an Andrew Benintendi single—-made possible by Gary Sanchez’ inability to locate the ball on strike out victim Eduardo Nunez, who reached base.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Boone said after the game:

“It’s blinders on,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re playing good baseball, doing it a lot of different ways. Tonight was tough. Boston is really good. They battle, battle, battle; kind of hung around. It’s just nice that we’re racking up some wins here. Good to get this series off on a good note, and hopefully we can get one tomorrow.”

When Boone says “tonight was tough,” he may have been referring to the way the team made it tough on itself in beating Boston—Glebyer Torres had an uncharacteristic error and was also caught out at home after being sent home in a controversial decision by third base coach Phil Nevin.

There was also the previously mentioned Nunez strike out ball that got by Sanchez allowing him to reach first and later score to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1.

There was an element of sloppiness on defense, except where the outfield was concerned. Aaron Judge made a stellar play, showing off his powerful arm by throwing out Christian Vasquez, who made the poor decision to try to extend his hit to right field into a double.  (Check out the video out at: https://www.mlb.com/video/judge-nabs-vazquez-at-second/c-2021305383?tid=51231442)

It was power all around that vaulted the Yankees to the victory on Tuesday night, Severino and Aroldis Chapman’s overpowering fastballs, Stanton’s slugging over the walls, and Judge’s arm. The Yankees outmuscled the Red Sox to take the first game of the series.

At the start of play today, the two teams are evenly matched at the top of the division at 25-10. The bats of Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius have yet to come to life in the series—but no doubt these quiet bats will not remain quiet.

The pitching matchup for tonight features Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39 ERA) against Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.14 ERA) in what promises to be another American League East dogfight—this time to stand alone at the top.

Preview: Yankees v Red Sox And A Look At LHP Drew Pomeranz

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

On the mound for the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night opposite New York Yankees‘ Luis Severino is lefty Drew Pomeranz, 29, a Collierville, Tennessee native and former first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

Pomeranz was traded by the Indians before ever playing for them and has played for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres in his seven year career in Major League Baseball.

An All-Star in 2016, Pomeranz was traded by the Padres to the Red Sox after the All-Star break in ’16. Since coming over to the Red Sox, Pomeranz has thrown 257 innings (49 games) with a 3.82 ERA, 1.3 H/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 9.1 K/9.

After beginning the season on the disabled list with a forearm strain, Pomeranz has just begun to find his way on the mound in 2018. Ryan Chichester of Locked on Yanks writes:

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“After a pair of clunkers, Pomeranz rebounded in his most recent start to toss six innings against the Royals, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. It was certainly an improvement over his first two starts of the year, where he allowed seven runs over 8.2 innings of work.”

Pomeranz currently has a 1-1 record with a 6.14 ERA, 1.8 H/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 8.6 K/9, well off his career marks, however, as noted above, he has been better of late and the Yankees will be catching him on an upswing.

With a roster that included Chris Carter, Chase Headley and Matt Holiday, the 2017 Yankees team saw Pomeranz five times and hit .274 off him with 5 homers—hit by Carter, Headly, Holliday, and two by Gary Sanchez.

Despite having a 3-2 record at Yankee Stadium with a 3.12 ERA, Pomeranz is in for a surprise as this year’s Yankee lineup features two of the league’s hottest hitters in Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, along with the already dangerous power hitters Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, who has experience taking Pomeranz long.

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Brooks Baseball reports that in 2018 Pomeranz has relied:

“primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (77mph), also mixing in a Sinker (88mph) and Cutter (85mph). He also rarely throws a Change (83mph).”

Brooks Baseball describes Pomeranz’ curve as having “exceptional bite” and his four seam fastball as having “slightly below average velo.” Look for Yankee batters to take advantage of Pomeranz’ fastball, to lay off the curveball and to victimize him with the long ball tonight.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, The Yankees (24-10) and the Red Sox (25-9) haven’t met in a series with the two best records in baseball since June 2, 2002.

The stage is set for a good old fashioned American League East knock-down-drag-out matchup tonight. Severino will be looking to even up his record against Boston this season with a win today and the Bombers have shown lately that they’re never out of a game and never give up.

New York Yankees: Luis Severino “Shoved It” And Giancarlo Stanton Raked It In 4-0 Win Over Astros

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

After Wednesday night’s complete game shut out by the Yankees Luis Severino, Houston Astro’s third baseman Alex Bregman paid Severino the ultimate compliment, at least I think it was a compliment:

Severino took command of the Astros lineup early and never let up through nine.  He was throwing heat, giving up only five hits and getting Astros players out with 98-100 mph fastballs for his first complete game shutout. “He was legit, man.”

Severino, in short, was the epitome of an ace. He exuded confidence and elite stuff, and was at ease negotiating the most difficult lineup in baseball. The Astros heavy hitters were held in check by Severino—Jose Altuve went 1-4 on the night and Carlos Correa 0-4 with a strikeout.

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Severino also appreciated the offensive firepower of Giancarlo Stanton who had a two run homer, a solo shot over the wall and a double in the Yankees 4-0 win.

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After the game, reports Randy Miller of NJ.com, Severino made a stand for Stanton and a prediction:

“At the end of the season, he’s going to hit 50 home runs,” Severino said. “I don’t care what anybody says. He’s a great hitter and he’s going to continue doing good stuff.”

Fans saw Stanton break out on Wednesday night—in Monday’s and Tuesday’s games against Astros pitchers Charlie Morton and Justin Verlander, Stanton had gone 0-4 with three strikeouts—either he was due for a breakout or he was an imposter—it was time.

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Yankee fans have seen flashes of Stanton’s power, but not with enough consistency to keep the boo birds at bay.  Fans are eager to cheer Stanton on with regularity—every day, if that’s not too much to ask.

Not according to Stanton who told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post:

“There are breakout nights, but you’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get it going. You need breakout weeks,” Stanton said. “One day ain’t going to do it. But this put us in a good place, and we’re set up to win the series. Put it away tomorrow.”

Stanton needs to string successful at-bats along successive days and his batting average will climb from .240, where it currently stands, towards .281, which is where he left off last season—and with any luck, beyond.

Stanton had the distinction last night of being the first Yankee to ever homer off of Dallas Keuchel, per James Smyth:

This, surely, is just the beginning of many such distinctions for Stanton as a Yankee this season.

Stanton and Severino teamed up for a pair of historic firsts against the Astros on Wednesday night and have pumped up the momentum going into the final game of the series today.

CC Sabathia is bringing his “big dog mentality” to the Yankees recent success

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CC Sabathia’s passion and elite performance were the biggest highlights of the Yankees 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night—-not to mention Gary Sanchez’ two run homer.

But Sabathia is so assured and confident on the mound that even when he gets in a jam, as was rare last night, there is the clear sense that he is in charge and he literally wills the out.

On January 18, Sabathia spoke to the MLB Network and said:

“Last year, we were the team that everybody loved, that feel-good story,” Sabathia said Thursday on MLB Network. “But getting Giancarlo [Stanton] just brings us back to being that hated team. That’s what we like. We want to go out there, put the best team on the field and crush everybody every game.”

I keep coming back to this statement again and again this season when I think of Sabathia.  This is spoken like a true leader—a battle-ready one at that.  It cries out for his teammates to take up the cause and follow him in crushing “everybody every game.”

He leads the way with elite performances, such as the 2-1 gem he put together last night against the Angels, giving up five hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 1 run, 1 wild pitch—only throwing 97 pitches.

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports said of Sabathia:

“Sabathia has turned himself into a pitcher — I’d even say he’s crafty now — working the corners and working his way into year three of a lovely late career renaissance with the Yankees that could very well put the icing on the cake of a Hall of Fame career.”

Sabathia could arguably be the ace of this staff with his 1.71 ERA in five games with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Luis Severino‘s ERA of 2.62 in six games seems bloated by comparison.

Sabathia also showed his passion in last night’s game when home plate umpire Angel Hernandez and he exchanged words after the third inning.  Sabathia was reported by Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports to have said to Hernandez “Don’t talk to me.  Call f–king strikes.”

When asked what the heated exchange between he and Hernandez was about, Sabathia replied: “Thought I was throwing strikes.”

To me this demonstrates Sabathia’s “big dog presence” in the game, which he told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News back in January he wanted to establish:

“We want that big-dog presence back where we can go out and try to beat everybody every night.”

Sabathia has a take-no-prisoners attitude, a big presence on and off the mound, and a successful start to power this team forward this season.

New York Yankees: Andujar, Severino And The Youth Movement Continues

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees took three out of four from the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend and won their first series since the beginning of the month against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The infield transformed into the infield fans were promised before spring training—Gleyber Torres made his major league debut at second base, finally joining fellow prospect and third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Luis Severino was the ace fans expected, negotiating trouble spots with ease, going seven innings and giving up three hits, one run, one home run (to Teoscar Hernandez) two walks and six strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 2.32. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told MLB.com’s Danny Knobler:

“To get us through seven was huge,” Boone said. “That’s what an ace looks like.”

Severino is now tied with Patrick Corbin, Rick Porcello, and Max Scherzer for the American League lead in wins with four.

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The story of this game was Andujar’s four hit day against Marcus Stroman and the Jays bullpen—scoring a pair of doubles and two infield singles on the day.

Andujar told Knobler after Sunday’s game:

“To me, it’s about getting an opportunity and doing your job,” Andujar said through an interpreter. “I’m getting a great opportunity.”

Andujar is not only getting opportunities and making the most of them at the plate, he’s begun doing so on a consistent basis. In the last six games, Andujar is hitting .308. He has gone 13-25 with seven doubles, a triple and two home runs.

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While Torres went 0-4 on the day, he looked comfortable in the field and no doubt will relax at the plate and get the bat going soon.

It was a game in which every Yankee player was under 30:

with Austin Romine being the oldest player in the game at 29. Yankee fans can look forward to the energy, elite skills and enthusiasm that this young team brings to the game every night.

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What’s next up? The Yankees meet the Minnesota Twins at the Stadium. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 6.45 ERA) takes the mound against RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 3.38 ERA).

New York Yankees: The Ellsbury Effect

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

With the start of the Major League regular season a week away, the New York Yankees have a decision that needs to be made:

Who is making the roster to replace the oft injured Jacoby Ellsbury? Jacoby was at one time and six hours North of the Bronx a very productive Major League ballplayer. However, throughout his time in the pinstripes, Ellsbury has been less than a shell of his former self.

Ellsbury has played for the Yankees across four seasons, in that time he has only managed to have one season above “replacement level” production (2014), according to Baseball Reference’s OPS+. 2014 was Jacoby’s first season in the Bronx and his last truly productive season.

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Now, with Ellsbury set to begin the season on the shelf, this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster to “Break Camp” with the team heading North. Manager Aaron Boone told members of the media that Tyler Wade has made the ball club. Many believe that he will be the starting second baseman on Opening Day in Toronto on March 29th.


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The Yankees current roster consists of:

Catchers: Gary Sanchez & Austin Romine
First Baseman: Greg Bird
Second Basemen: Tyler Wade & Neil Walker
Third Baseman: Brandon Drury
Shortstop: Didi Gregorius & Ronald Torreyes
Left Fielder: Brett Gardner
Center Fielder: Aaron Hicks
Right Fielders: Aaron Judge & Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher: Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray & Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitchers: David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Adam Warren & Chasen Shreve
Closer: Aroldis Chapman

Who Gets A Shot ?

That gives you 24 out of 25 players to start out the 2018 season for the New York Yankees. The injury to Ellsbury leaves an opening. Some who have thought that it could have been someone like Tyler Austin who was having a tremendous Spring, but he was reassigned back to Minor League camp on March 21st before the Yankees game against the Orioles. This however does leave the opening for the starter in the same game…. Luis Cessa.

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Cessa has been up and down for the Yankees since his acquisition by the Yankees in December of 2015. Cessa has pitched 106 innings for the Yankees to the tune of a 4.49 era. Luis will have an opportunity to show what he has earlier in the season as the Yankees will have five straight games to open up the start of the regular season.

The injury to Ellsbury could have been the golden ticket to the Bronx for a premium talent like Clint Frazier, however, they both went down at similar times and have stayed out recovering. Clint won’t be getting that opportunity.

This season will be a defining point for Clint Frazier, as with the number of outfielders already on the Major League roster and an impending free agent who hasn’t been shy about stating his fandom for the Pinstripes looming. Frazier once healed up from his concussion must set the world by storm, if he has any hopes of staying in Pinstripes.

Lasting Impression:

Jacoby, much like Clint Frazier, has seen the writing on the wall. And while his contract is rather cumbersome, it’s not impossible to think GM Brian Cashman can sell his talents to another team and move his monetary obligations elsewhere.

Ellsbury’s injury will be a foreshadowing of the potential future the Yankees will have. If the first few weeks of the season pass and Ellsbury has not returned vying that 25th spot on the roster, he may be replaced by a rising prospect.

Jacoby Ellsbury will have a major effect on the Yankees success this season; when healthy he could be a productive fourth outfielder, if unhealthy his spot will provide the launching pad for the top prospects in the top sixth farm system in all of baseball.

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