The Yankees will go with a bullpen outing against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday as Chad Green gets the ball first on the mound.
Green has led the way for the Yanks this season when the bullpen gets the extended nod. He's typically not out there long, his last time in this spot, on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, Green only tossed 11 pitches in 1.1 innings.
Green's undoubtedly been effective in this unique role, as has the entire bullpen that has a 10-1 record this season during such games.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone described on Thursday what makes Green tailor-made for this role, and it's simple. Outs against good hitters.
"Greenie's been kind of a logical choice most times," Boone said. "It's stuff and in combination with being able to get both-handed out really helps because obviously you're facing the top of the lineup, typically the other team's best hitters, so you want a guy that's capable of being dynamic which Greenie certainly is."
Green has allowed three runs and five walks in 15 innings as the opening pitcher for the Yanks. He has 23 strike outs and 1.80 ERA in the first frame as well.
The Yankees and Indians are slated for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.