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Patrick Corbin

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In order to take the next step in 2019 and beyond, the Yankees need a pitching staff ace or at least a hurler that has the potential to be one. Enter free-agent LHP Patrick Corbin.

Here are the pros and cons of the Yankees signing Corbin, what he might cost and what the team should ultimately do.

 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees need starting pitching and with an eye toward remaining fiscally responsible, the trade market offers some strong opportunities, including Mariners left-hander James Paxton.

Here are the pros and cons of the Yanks trading for Paxton, what he might cost, and what the team should ultimately do...

What makes Paxton a better fit than others?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Sep 7, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 7, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Astros are among the teams talking to the Mariners about acquiring Yankees trade target James Paxton, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the market is "active."

Rosenthal reported on Friday that the Yankees had spoken to the Mariners about acquiring Paxton.

The 30-year-old Paxton, who made $4.9 million in 2018 and is arbitration-eligible in 2019 (when he is projected to earn $9 million) and 2020, had a 3.76 ERA (3.24 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 208 strikeouts in a career-high 160.1 innings this past season. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Sep 7, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 7, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees have talked to the Mariners about a potential James Paxton trade, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

In addition to Paxton, the Yankees are interested in acquiring high-end starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, with the Yanks having met with the Indians earlier this week at the GM Meetings. 

The 30-year-old Paxton, who made $4.9 million in 2018 and is arbitration-eligible for the 2019 (when he is projected to earn $9 million) and 2020 seasons, had a 3.76 ERA (3.24 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 208 strikeouts in a career-high 160.1 innings this past season...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

There's not a person in Boston who laments the Red Sox acquisition of Chris Sale from the White Sox in 2016.

But if you ask Brian Cashman, the general manager of a Yankees team that could've used Sale in the last two postseasons, he'll tell you he also has no regrets about passing on a trade for the lefty ace.

"Thank God I didn't do that, actually," Cashman said Tuesday at the GM meetings in California, per the New York Post. "You'd be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control. We wouldn't have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then."

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Corey Kluber (28) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Corey Kluber (28) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Cleveland Indians absolutely ran away with the AL Central title this season. But, as they enter the offseason, they are willing to trade some of their valuable assets. 

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the only players that appear safe at the moment are SS Francisco Lindor and 3B/1B Jose Ramirez. So, players like RHP Corey Kluber and RHP Carlos Carrasco among others will be open for business during the Winter Meetings. 

For the Yankees, an ace is exactly what they are looking for with Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka not proving they can be that consistent starter. Kluber is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and those type of pitchers rarely get shopped around. 

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The stars, literally and figuratively, have lined up for the Yankees to make a splash this winter.

The burden of heavy league taxes has been removed and a robust free-agent market is before them. The Yankees worked for years to diminish payroll expenditures with an eye toward the 2019 season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Robertson, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Yankees future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: As the Yankees look toward the 2019 season, the starting rotation will be chief among the facets the club will seek to improve. They need an ace. They need a strong No. 2 and heck, they need a back-end of the rotation arm.

As it stands, the Yankees have two starters -- Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka -- locked into roster spots. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has already stated he will try to trade Sonny Gray, while J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia are free agents.

So, how will the Yankees build the 2019 rotation?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With Red Sox in World Series, here are 3 things Yankees fans can look forward to for next season

Yankees fans are feeling pretty down again after watching the Red Sox disperse the Astros in five games to win the American League pennant. After all, this was supposed to be the year the Yankees would be back on top and their rivals in Beantown continue to twist the knife into the 2018 season.

While the Red Sox will be competing for a World Series title and the Yankees are stuck golfing in October, it may be hard to find any optimism. While next season seems distant at the moment, there is reason to look forward to 2019 despite Boston's recent run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is still under fire for his strategy following the ALDS loss to the Red Sox that ended his inaugural season as the skipper. But former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera doesn't understand the scrutiny. 

In fact, Rivera thinks Boone did a "tremendous" job with the Yankees, per Newsday's Laura Albanese

Rivera, who was at a fire house in Harlem on Thursday to teach elementary school kids about fire safety, said Boone was the motivator the Yankees hoped him to be in his first season. And with the right offseason moves, this team could certainly make a deeper run into the postseason than they did this year. 

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees are 'absolutely convinced' RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in Monday's 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman said on WFAN Thursday morning.

Severino, who allowed six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, surrendered seven batted balls that had exit velocities of at least 100 mph.

Severino's arm slot did not change based on the pitch, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, but there is a video of Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. mouthing the word "fastball" during a second-inning at-bat against Brock Holt...

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Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees are now two seasons into a new era defined by Aaron Judge and a young core. In each of those seasons, they have made the playoffs, but stalled before reaching the World Series. And while they might still be a team on the ascent, GM Brian Cashman faces a tricky offseason, at a time when American League powerhouses like Houston and Boston are ahead of the Yanks.

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

Click below to see...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

Click below to see...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

 All through the fall and winter, it will be as if Aaron Boone didn't help a team win 100 games during his rookie season as a manager, didn't synthesize complex analytics, didn't win over the clubhouse, and didn't handle his media responsibilities with ease and class.

Many Yankee fans will only want to talk about his bullpen management in the division series. And in a sense, that's the deal in New York. When you work for the championship-or-bust Yankees (however silly and dated that mentality may be), you will only win over the public with a World Series win. Or two or three or four.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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Ron Darling (AP)
Ron Darling (AP)

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A day later, despite denials from all involved on the Yankees' side, Ron Darling is standing by his comments that Luis Severino appeared to be late for his warm-up before Monday night's ALDS Game 3 loss to the Red Sox. 

"It seemed unusual to me," Darling told SNY by phone on Tuesday. "That's why I brought it up. A lot of people can disagree, but, really, I don't know how they could."

Darling, the former Met who does analysis on Mets' games for SNY, told a national audience during TBS' broadcast that he saw Severino begin throwing off the bullpen mound at 7:32 p.m., eight minutes before the game was scheduled to start. 

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Ron Darling (AP)
Ron Darling (AP)

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A day later, despite denials from all involved on the Yankees' side, Ron Darling is standing by his comments that Luis Severino appeared to be late for his warm-up before Monday night's ALDS Game 3 loss to the Red Sox. 

"It seemed unusual to me," Darling told SNY by phone on Tuesday. "That's why I brought it up. A lot of people can disagree, but, really, I don't know how they could."

Darling, the former Met who does analysis on Mets' games for SNY, told a national audience during TBS' broadcast that he saw Severino begin throwing off the bullpen mound at 7:32 p.m., eight minutes before the game was scheduled to start. 

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)

BRONX, N.Y. -- This was a moment when analytics couldn't really help Aaron Boone. Nor could his ability to connect with players, a skill Brian Cashman cited as a primary reason for changing managers last year.

This was, in fact, exactly the type of moment that has become all too under-valued in this era of Ivy League-educated GMs who have taken to hiring cookie-cutter managers mostly to implement data and carry out orders from the baseball ops guys.

In short, watching the game still matters. Making decisions on the fly in the dugout isn't always as easy as it looks from a luxury suite, especially in the cauldron of post-season baseball.

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees' worst nightmare came true. 

Luis Severino reverted back to the pitcher who struggled much of the second half in Monday's Game 3 against the Red Sox and Aaron Boone left him in a few batters too long as he was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning and the Yankees fell behind, 7-0. 

Severino finished with six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings pitched. Three more runs were charged to him when Lance Lynn was unable to hold the runners he inherited in the fourth inning after Boone chose to send Severino back out to start the inning.

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Aaron Boone talks Game 3 defeat 00:03:56
Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains what went wrong for Luis Severino and the Bombers as they got crushed by Boston, 16-1 in ALDS Game 3.

Luis Severino allowed six runs in three-plus innings, including three in a seven-run fourth inning, as the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) After throwing four scoreless innings in last Wednesday's wild-card game, Severino (0-1) gave up six runs, seven hits and two walks on Monday, getting pulled after he loaded the bases in the fourth. Lance Lynn surrendered a bases-loaded walk to Mookie Betts and a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi that gave the Red Sox a 7-0 lead.

2) Severino's counterpart, Nathan Eovaldi, shut down the Yankees, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings as the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead.

Tags: Austin Romine, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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The ALDS shifts gears as the Yankees return home with the series tied, 1-1, and a chance to take the lead against the Red Sox. 

Yankees Notes

The Yankees jumped all over Red Sox starter David Price, tagging him for three runs and knocking him out of the game after 1.2 innings en route to a 6-2 victory. The Yankees are 2-1 in ALDS Game 3 with the series tied a 1-1 and are 13-6 all-time in ALDS Game 3's. ...Gary Sanchez recorded his first multi-home run postseason game with a pair of blasts in Game 2. Aaron Judge homered in Game 2 and joined Hank Bauer and Johnny Mize as the only MLB players to homer in their first three postseason games. ...Andrew McCutchen knocked in his first career postseason run with a RBI single in Game 2. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)

Pedro Martinez said Sunday night that Yankees ace Luis Severino wasn't "totally healthy" in the middle of the season and pitched through it, negatively impacting his season as he struggled badly. Severino says the claim from Martinez isn't true.

"I didn't know until I finally spoke to Severino that Severino wasn't totally healthy, and they could not afford to stop him from pitching," Martinez said Sunday on the MLB Network." So that ended up affecting the Cy Young-type of season that he was having and affecting his performance when they needed him the most."

Severino, who has been mentored in a way by Martinez -- who he has worked with during offseasons -- said he didn't know where Martinez got his information, and that he cares about his arm and being healthy. 

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Yankees talk ALDS Game 3 00:01:50
Aaron Boone addresses the song choices of Aaron Judge, and also the potential for Luis Severino and the team as they come home for Game 3.

Despite having a 5.57 ERA in the second half of the season and throwing four-plus innings in the wild-card game, Yankees RHP Luis Severino is confident he can give New York a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday.

"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half," Severino said at Sunday's press conference. "I don't know why that is, but I always have confidence in myself. I know my struggle, and I know what it was that wasn't working that time. So I never lose my confidence in myself. The last couple outings, I came back and doing a better job."

The 24-year-old Severino, who has pitched more than five innings just once in five postseason starts, faces Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox, a team against whom he has gone 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in five starts this season.

Tags: Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Kevin R. Wexler)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Kevin R. Wexler)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Boston was a tougher matchup for Luis Severino than Oakland

The Yankees chose Severino to start the wild card game over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka in part because his specific stuff played best against the Oakland lineup. As strong an offense as the A's had this year, they were the worst team in baseball in wOBA (weighted on-base average, a metric valued by many front offices) against fastballs 97 mph and above.

The Red Sox were 10th in MLB in that metric, far more suited to handle Severino's heat. And handle it they did, from the first pitch. 

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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J.A. Happ, who the Yankees hoped would be a weapon against the Red Sox throughout the ALDS, failed to escape the second inning during Game 1 on Friday night in Boston.

As of now, the Yankees have Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and CC Sabathia lined up to start Games 2, 3, and 4 (if necessary) respectively. However, if the Yankees are down two games to one heading into Game 4, it's fair to wonder if they'll bring Happ -- who tossed only 44 pitches Friday night -- back on short rest.

If the series goes the distance and Happ isn't used on short rest, he would be well-rested for Game 5 in Boston...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When the Yankees return to the Bronx to continue the ALDS against the Red Sox, they'll be handing the ball to Luis Severino to start Game 3 and CC Sabathia to start Game 4 (if necessary), manager Aaron Judge said Friday.

After J.A. Happ starts Game 1, Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball for Game 2. 

Severino, who tossed four scoreless innings in the Wild Card game against the Athletics, will be on regular (four days) rest for his start...

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Yankees beat A?s, move to ALDS 00:01:55
The Yankees beat the A?s 7-2 in the Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium, and now advance to the ALDS against the Red Sox.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Analytics worked for Yanks in choosing Luis Severino

Considering how well J.A. Happ pitched since becoming a Yankee in late July -- and how shaky Luis Severino was until recently -- it seemed risky to give Severino the wild card start. But the Yankees were actually following analytics, as they so often do.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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It took Yankees RHP Luis Severino 29 pitches to record one out in his 2017 Wild Card game start, with him managing just that one out as he was bombed by the Twins.

Things were different Wednesday night in the 2018 Wild Card game against the A's at Yankee Stadium, with Severino dominant early before faltering a bit late.

Overall, Severino tossed four innings while allowing two hits, walking four and striking out seven. 

With his fastball touching 99 MPH, Severino retired the side in order on 10 pitches in the first inning, which included two strikeouts...

Tags: Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)

He may not be in the dugout this time, but former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is all-in on the Bombers. 

Girardi spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN Wednesday ahead of the 2018 AL Wild Card Game, and didn't just call the pinstripes the favorite to win tonight. He also thinks they are the team to beat out of the American League. 

"I personally think the Yankees are the team to beat," he explained. "...Imagine a team that won 100 games that there were so many concerns. If they play to their ability, I believe they are the team to beat."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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The Pick for the AL Wild Card 00:01:08
SNY's Sports Betting Analyst Jay Sinatra makes his pick for the AL Wild Card Game between the Yankees and the A's.

Despite having all hands on deck for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Athletics, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Luis Severino will be allowed to stay in through the late innings if his performance merits it. 

Boone said "just because we have a loaded pen and guys fresh and rested" doesn't mean that Severino is on a short leash, adding that it "wouldn't surprise him" if Severino went "very deep" into the game. 

On Tuesday, the Yankees chose Severino for the start, while the A's opted to go with an "opener" by tabbing reliever Liam Hendriks

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | On Sept. 19, I asked Aaron Boone if he would consider matchups for a potential division series against Boston when choosing a starter to face the Oakland A's in the wild card game, and he gave what seemed like a surprisingly candid answer.

Listen to what he said then, and you would assume that Luis Severino had the edge for the wild card start, saving J.A. Happ to open the Boston series. Happ has been highly effective against the Red Sox throughout his career.

"I think you have to strike a little bit of a balance there, but I think the biggest thing that does come about is that one game," Boone said then. "You are going to do obviously everything you can that you think is right to win that game...

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Luis Severino will start for the Yankees in the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game on Wednesday night against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium,  manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday. 

Of the Yankees' starting pitchers, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, and Lance Lynn will also be on the roster. 

"We talked through it," Boone said about the Yankees picking Severino. "A lot of guys had input on the decision and had reasons one way or the other. I just kind of took all that info and slept on it and felt like at some point Sunday I decided for sure I wanted to go with Sevy for this game."

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Originally scheduled to start the Yankees' season finale in Boston, Luis Severino will now be held back from Sunday's game. What does this mean for the team's Wild Card game against the A's on Wednesday?

Simply, it means Aaron Boone has more options.

After a stellar first half of the season, Severino would have been a lock to start this game. But, a midseason swoon has opened the door for other starters. Severino suffered through a brutal July and August, but has improved recently. In his last three starts, Severino has given up four runs in 17.2 innings with 18 strikeouts.

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Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) looks on during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) looks on during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees will face the A's in the Wild Card game on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and the question of whether they'll use a traditional starter or "opener" remains open -- as SNY's Andy Martino wrote on Wednesday after speaking with GM Brian Cashman. 

While Cashman is open to "all options," manager Aaron Boone (who won't make the ultimate decision), prefers a traditional starter for the game. 

If the Yankees do go that route, here's how things are shaping up:

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J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone still doesn't know who he wants to start the AL Wild Card Game next Wednesday against the Athletics. But he seems pretty sure that it will be a starter and not reliever to begin the game. 

Boone will likely choose between J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino to get the ball first despite his deep bullpen. He ran a bullpen game in Monday's win over the Rays, where Jonathan Holder began the game that saw seven more relievers to close things out. 

"I don't think we can do something like we did the other day when we started a reliever," Boone told The Post's George A. King III. "I see one of our three starters starting that game. You could see a situation where one of our starters is pitching real well and comes out a little early because we'd be lined up and rested with our guys ready to go. We could be a little aggressive in certain situations. But it wouldn't be an opening-type situation."

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in New York's seven-run third inning as the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Sanchez, who had been in a 1-for-27 slump over his previous eight games, drove in at least three runs in a game for the first time since June 15 as the Yankees' magic number to clinch home-field advantage in the wild-card game to 3.

2) The Yankees scored seven runs on four hits in the third inning off three Rays pitchers, which was more than enough run support for Luis Severino (19-8), who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in five innings.

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees play the second game of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees already clinched a spot in the wild-card game, as have the Oakland A's. Their magic number to clinch home-field advantage for the wild-card game is 4. ... Though Aaron Judge is hitting just .174 in eight games since returning from a fractured wrist, the Yankees are 6-2 in games he has appeared in.

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(Joe Nicholson)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team has not yet committed to a starter for the upcoming wild card game.

Boone said the discussion surrounding who will start in the one-game playoff is "something we kick around and talk about every day, but really I would say we're not close," reports Newsday.

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Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's stellar performance and the emergence of Luke Voit as a big bat in the Yankees lineup

The Yankees got to Red Sox LHP David Price once again on their way to a 10-1 beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) Price kept the Yankees' bats at bay last time he faced their lineup, but his normal struggles against the pinstripes came back again. It was Miguel Andujar who tacked on the first run with a solo shot to right in the second. Then, after an error brought home two runs to make it 3-0, Luke Voit hit the first of two homers to right field in the fourth. A two-run shot came later in the sixth that knocked Price out of the game. 

2) Speaking of Voit, he had his first career four-game tonight. Also with multiple-hit games were Aaron Hicks and Andujar. Hicks tied Voit with a team-high three RBI night. 

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Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) reacts during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) reacts during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Yankees officials have begun discussing in earnest who will start the wild card game next month, and Aaron Boone made an interesting admission on Wednesday: That a potential division series meeting with the Red Sox could factor into which starter the team chooses.

This is a logical way to think, but teams are usually too superstitious to plan for a matchup that might never happen. Single-elimination wild card games are like Word Series game sevens -- the only thing that matters is survival, no matter how you achieve it.

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees (92-58) continue their series with the Red Sox (103-478) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are currently 2-2 on their nine-game homestand. ...After their win last night, the Yankees lead the A's by 2.5 games for the first AL Wild Card spot. ...Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his return to the plate on Tuesday night. Aroldis Chapman was activated from the 10-day DL today. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are 23-19 since August 2, the day the season began to completely turn when they lost the first of four straight games to Boston. As the Red Sox return to the Bronx Tuesday, the Yankees are looking for the switch to flip. But despite manager Aaron Boone's optimism, time is running out for the club to get it all together.

Meanwhile, they might have to watch the Red Sox celebrate the division title on their home field as they work for a chance to exact revenge in the ALDS.

The Yanks, whose descent goes back to July 12 (30-27 record since then) have a handful of issues that need to be resolved. And the chances that all of them will be remedied before the wild card game are not great...

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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jordan Johnson)

Heading into Wednesday night's start against the Twins, Yankees RHP Luis Severino had the worst ERA (6.83) in the entire MLB since July 7. It has been a rough second half for the righty, but he helped diminish that number in a solid outing in Minnesota. 

Severino allowed just one run on four hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work. Though he allowed just one lone runner across the plate, though, he was set up for the loss with Jake Odorizzi holding a no-hit bid against the Yankees' offense. 

Severino's night started off with a Joe Mauer single, but it was quickly erased with a double play rolled in the next at-bat. From there, the 23-year-old set down 15 straight Twins as he cruised through the lineup. 

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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

The Yankees will leave Minnesota with a sour taste in their mouths after getting two-hit by the Twins in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees' offense was ice cold against Jake Odorizzi, who carried a no-hit bid through 7.1 innings. Greg Bird finally broke the no-no with an RBI double that amounted to the Yanks' only offense of the night. Miguel Andujar singled in the top of the ninth for the second hit of the game, but otherwise, the Yankees just couldn't get anything going in this series finale. 

2) Luis Severino didn't go long (5.2 innings), but he only allowed one run in the sixth inning as the only hiccup of his start. He also struck out five batters in what was a good turnaround performance following his shortest outing of the season against the A's last time out. 

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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)

The Yankees (90-55) wrap up their series against the Twins (66-78) on Wednesday night at Target Field at 8:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yanks are 4-4 in their nine-game road trip at the moment. They are also 6-7 in their last 13 games. ...The Yankees lead the A's by two games for the first Wild Card spot. They are also nine games behind Boston for the AL East lead. ...The Yankees own the best record in the MLB (57-9) when their starter goes at least six innings. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray goes to the dugout in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray goes to the dugout in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he was exiled from the Yankees rotation in July, the Yankees will start RHP Sonny Gray for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins to give other starting pitchers extra rest.

Gray, who last started Game 2 of a doubleheader on Aug. 25, is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last four outings, allowing two runs, 13 hits and six walks in 15 2/3 innings. In his last start, he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles.

By having Gray start Tuesday, it pushes Luis Severino to Wednesday and Masahiro Tanaka to Friday. The strategy also would allow for Severino to face the Red Sox twice as the regular season nears its end.

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