- I wrote in length last week about how the second wild card team has given many teams a chance to remain in the playoff race versus years ago when these same teams would already have been declared out of contention. On one hand it is pretty cool that this Yankees team is only three games out of the second wild card spot giving meaning to these upcoming September games. On the other hand, the optimism that the standings suggest seems like “fools gold” because this Yankees team has many holes that would be exposed against top competition even if they were able to qualify as the second wild card team.
- Masahiro Tanaka has been shut down from throwing due to “general soreness” in his pitching arm. I remain skeptical that Tanaka will be successful in his attempt to make a prolonged and meaningful return to the team while avoiding Tommy John surgery. The good news about this current setback is that the pain he’s experiencing is more in forearm than elbow. Either way, the Yanks need him now as much as ever which is unfortunate because the reality of him returning this season is now up in the air.
- It still boggles my mind how a manager that is a former catcher can handle a bullpen so poorly. I often find Girardi’s bullpen management irrational and inconsistent to boot. He rests certain guys to not use them when they are available and also tries to save other guys in “win now or lose” situations. I understand that the Yankees have a significant decline in reliever quality after Robertson and Betances but I find myself scratching my head at too many moves when it comes to the bullpen and it frustrates me to no end as an analyst and as a fan.
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Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BryanRevello.