CLEVELAND — So this is about all you possibly can say for Sonny Grey: he was higher than Luis Severino.
What within the identify of Whitey Ford, Andy Pettitte, heck, El Duque Hernandez, is occurring with the Yankees’ beginning pitching right here in October?
Perhaps you may rationalize Severino being overwhelmed by his first profession submit-season begin, getting all of 1 out within the wild card recreation Tuesday night time, although it does not bode properly for a man the Yankees anticipate to be their ace for years to return.
However the Yankees gave up a haul of blue-chippers for Grey on the commerce deadline for moments like this, beginning Recreation 1 of the ALDS, and but it proved too huge for him as properly.
Grey could not get by way of the fourth inning, and although Adam Warren got here on to flee extra injury in that inning, the Yankees weren’t getting back from three-zero this time, not after stepping up in school from the Twins to the Indians.
Because of the bullpen the ultimate was solely four-zero, so blame the offense as properly on this night time, for not with the ability to do a factor towards Trevor Bauer, particularly Aaron Decide, who struck out 3 times -and 4 for the night time.
However no one anticipated a slugfest. The Indians have the perfect pitching in baseball, should you included starters and relievers each, and also you knew the one path to a victory was going to be a minimum of matching them on the mound.
In the meantime, the Yankees appreciated Grey no less than partly as a result of he had delivered in his first style of the publish-season, pitching very nicely for the A’s as a rookie in 2013 towards the Tigers within the ALDS.
So now what? Do the Yankees have a starter who’s going to show worthy of the large stage?
CC Sabathia has lengthy since confirmed he can deal with it, however at age 37 certainly it is asking an excessive amount of of him to be nice in Recreation 2, which might be what it’s going to take to outduel Corey Kluber and keep away from an zero-2 gap on this 5-recreation collection.
Briefly, it does not look good for the Yanks, and that is not a shock. The Indians did not win 22 straight video games or end the season going 33-four accidentally.
For that matter, they swept a 3-recreation collection within the Bronx and appeared like probably the most full staff in baseball even then, with excellent protection to go together with their pitching and a strong…