Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts last season. He will lead a rotation that includes Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery. The Opening Day starter decision should be a no-brainer for new manager Aaron Boone.
TAMPA — The 2018 Yankees play their first real game in about two weeks and rookie manager Aaron Boone still hasn’t named his Opening Day starter.
We all know who it’s going to be, right?
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It has to be right-hander Luis Severino, an AL Cy Young finalist last season, on the mound March 29 when the Yankees are in Toronto to open against the Blue Jays.
Why the delay?
According to Boone, the Yankees have three other worthy candidates – Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray – and he’s weighing different options with pitching coach Larry Rothschild to get the best pitcher-opponent matchups in April.
Here’s how Boone explained things Tuesday after the Yankees and Detroit Tigers played to a 2-2 Grapefruit League tie at Steinbrenner Field:
“I think we’re a little bit unique in that (the ace is) not so obvious with our team. With some clubs, I think there’s a clear guy that you would go to. Sevy, third in the Cy Young, looks like a budding ace in our league. You could make a case to throw him out there. Tanaka has been a big-game guy and been in that role before. CC has been in that role. We’ve even seen Sonny Gray be elite in the postseason.
“I think we’re a little more interchangeable probably than most clubs. I think a lot of that goes into mapping out off days, mapping out who they might face the second, third, fourth time through.”
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports