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Yankees' postseason pitching plans coming into focus

Rob Bradford
September 27, 2018 - 12:17 pm

We now know who the Yankees will be sending out to the mound against the Red Sox at Fenway Park this week.

It will be J.A. Happ in the series opener against Brian Johnson, with Lance Lynn going up against Nathan Eovaldi Saturday and Luis Severino matching up with Rick Porcello Sunday.

While the Yankees aren't holding anything back in the three-game series, having to still clinch their home field for the Wild Card Game against Oakland the plan also offers a hint for what they will do in that one-game playoff Wednesday.

It would seem that the favorite to start the game against Oakland is Masahiro Tanaka, with Happ also offering a possibility. The schedule also takes Severino out of the mix, meaning he would seemingly be in line to pitch at Fenway Park for one of American League Division Series games if New York was to play the Red Sox.

No matter who starts, however, the Yankees' brass has made it clear that there will be quick hooks for all pitchers, making it a strong possibility the one-game playoff turns into a bullpen-heavy affair. Oakland has already insinuated it will be using a plethora of relievers.

It should be noted that during the two Wild-Card Games last season, the starters for all four teams involved pitched a combined seven innings.