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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Yankees considering using opener during playoffs

New York Yankees

Thursday’s disaster aside, the strategy of using an opener to start a game has worked well for the New York Yankees. It’s been good enough to the point that team general manager Brian Cashman says he will consider using an opener in a playoff game this postseason.

Cashman told reporters prior to the Yankees’ 19-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians that using an opener would be a “possibility” that depended on many factors.

Opener Chad Green was hammered by the Indians Thursday, allowing five runs over one third of an inning. The rest of the bullpen struggled as well; the entire staff allowed seven home runs in the game. The Yankees have still won 10 of 12 games Green has opened, so it’s mostly been a successful tactic.

The Yankees’ bullpen has been rock solid this season, but Domingo German is their only starter with a sub-4.00 ERA. Using Green in a playoff game might make sense at some point.

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