Monday, September 11, 2017


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I don't like uncertainty, especially this late in the season. The Yankees still have 20 games to play and continue to win if they want to get at the very least back to a Wild Card game. The Division is still in reach but for debate sake let's assume the Yankees are back in that one game playoff spot. It's do or die who do the Yankees put on the mound?

There could be arguments made for more than one pitcher....and one of them that I would argue against giving the ball to over anyone else.

Sonny Gray
Just in case you were wondering WHO'S DIGGING SONNY GRAY RIGHT ABOUT NOW? We are at BYB and we know a lot of you are too. Adding Gray at the trade deadline was a game changer for us especially with Michael Pineda out for the rest of the season. The guy has quality stuff and he is passionate and I for one, love that. His start against the Orioles last week was impressive. He can get in and out of jams and if he can do that now at a young age he's going to be even more dominate in the years to come. He sticks to the plan and is a team player. The way he carries himself and his attitude kind of reminds me of CC Sabathia.

CC Sabathia
And speaking of....what about CC? He's not the guy that you think of right away for a Wild Card one and done scenario at least, not anymore. But when you look at the season he has had I had someone simply ask me, "WHY NOT?" He has the experience and the fire in him still but I think the Yankees would have more strategic options.

Luis Severino
Comparing the Sevy we saw last season to who he is this year it is night and day. He went from disaster to bullpen help to ace-like in no time. He has stepped up for the Yankees in a big way and it's hard to imagine what the season would look like without him. If it comes own to a one game all or nothing scenario I feel confident he would get the job done. Severino is flying under the radar. He's third best AL pitcher in ERA,Walks & Hits per innings pitched, hits per nine innings and fourth in strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings and WAR for pitchers. If it weren't for pitchers named Chris Sale and Corey Kluber you may have heard his name mentioned more for a possible CY Young candidate.

Masahiro Tanaka
I've said it before but TRUSTING TANAKA IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE. I want to have that confidence in Tanaka again. He is supposed to be our ace, but after his last start on Friday I was reminded of how Tanaka CAN choke. His previous three starts he looked like the old, reliable Tanaka lasting 7 innings and getting the win for the Yankees. Friday he stumbled again. For the 17th time in 27 starts this season he failed to pitch deep into the game AND then gave away a 5-1 lead. We also watched him give up his 30th home run of the season and throw two wild pitches. All he had to do was hold onto the lead.....and he couldn't. I want to believe in this guy again but trusting him in a Wild Card game is just not something I can do.

The Yankees have 20 games to figure all of this out and we have to win the Wild Card first. The Yankees will have a lot of scenarios to weigh in the next three weeks. Who do you trust with franchise playoff dreams? I vote we just win the division and kick the cheating Red Sox arse so we just don't have to worry about that.

Who else is with me?

--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor 
Follow me on Twitter: @NYPrincessJ

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