Think about this: Luis Severino lasting just 1/3 of an inning is just the 17th time in postseason history that a started lasted 1 out or less. The first 16 times that happened, 15 of those teams lost. But it’s a testament to how dangerous this Yankees team is that they could just shake that off and essentially have the game on lock-down just 6 outs later.
Sure, it came against the Twins. And no, that act won’t fly in Cleveland. But how big of a weapon is Joe Girardi’s bullpen — Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman basically throwing a complete game masterpiece…, 8 and 2/3 innings, just 5 hits, 1 run and 13 Ks…Brian Cashman’s looking pretty smart now, bringing back Robertson and adding Kahnle from the White Sox. And Girardi didn’t even have to use guys like Adam Warren and Dellin Betances, two more big arms that he can run out to shorten a game if he needs to do it.
And he’s going to need to do it. Because as good as that pen looks, the Yankees just walked into the postseason and watched their ace puke on his cleats. That’s got to be as discouraging as the bullpen performance was encouraging. Because the Indians stacked their rotation to give Corey Kluber the ball twice in a five game series. It’s great the Yankees’ pen is the class of the American League, but that alone isn’t going to beat Cleveland.
Sure, they can mash. And we saw it again last night: the Yankees can change any game in single instance. But if they don’t quality starts from their rotation, they’ve got no chance against the juggernaut that is the Indians. Which is fine since they’re probably a year ahead of schedule anyway.
Indians in 4.