CLEVELAND — Joe Girardi typically makes use of “proper now’’ in entrance of and on the finish of responses to questions relating to personnel utilization.
There are occasions it’s nothing greater than a part of Girardi’s reply and a change isn’t made. But there are situations when it’s the forerunner to a change.
So Girardi’s response to a query about Luis Severino beginning Recreation three of the ALDS on Sunday towards the Indians at Yankee Stadium was met with a “proper now” and eyebrows arched a bit.
“Proper now, our plan is Tanaka,’’ Girardi stated Friday, hours earlier than struggling a crushing 9-eight, loss in thirteen innings in Recreation 2 to the Indiansat Progressive Area.
Following the defeat that put the Yankees in a zero-2 gap in one of the best-of-5 collection, Girardi stated, “Sure,’’ when requested if Tanaka nonetheless is beginning Sunday’s Recreation three.
Tanaka, who final pitched Sept. 29 towards the Blue Jays when he fanned 15 in seven innings, may need an excessive amount of relaxation — eight days’ relaxation, in truth. Severino would have been on common 4 days’ relaxation if he pitched Sunday.
As for Tanaka’s yr, Girardi was frank.
“It’s been up and down,” the supervisor stated of his former ace, who went thirteen-12 with a four.seventy four ERA in 30 begins and didn’t face the Indians. “It was extra constant the second half than it was the primary half, however there have been some up-and-down moments.”
Tanaka’s final outing was definitely an up second.
“I assumed his stuff was nearly as good as I’ve seen it the entire yr, and that’s encouraging,” Girardi stated.
Based mostly on how dangerous Severino was towards the Twins within the AL wild-card recreation — and he couldn’t have been worse than giving up three runs and retiring one of many six hitters he confronted — Girardi would have opened himself as much as an ocean of second-guessing if he handed the ball to Severino and he repeated what occurred towards the Twins.
Previous to Recreation 2, Girardi stated he was open to utilizing Severino out of the pen if wanted.
“We might use him if we felt there was an emergency. Our hope is that we don’t. We actually don’t need to use him, however he didn’t throw a [bullpen] aspect at the moment but, so in an emergency, we might use him,” Girardi stated of Severino, a 14-recreation winner within the common season who lasted 29 pitches towards the Twins. “I feel you employ Sevy if it’s additional innings.”
Nevertheless, Recreation 2 went thirteen frames and Severino by no means entered.
“For us to win, Tanaka and Sevy should each pitch,” Girardi stated. “That’s the backside line.”