The New York Yankees are in the playoffs, and that means the usual rules of how to use pitching staffs in baseball don’t apply anymore.
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The Bombers’ top relief pitcher, Aroldis Chapman, has started three playoff games, including their most recent against Cleveland on Friday night.
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Adam Ottavino Shows His Value For most of the season, Adam Ottavino was one of three struggling relievers fighting for two bullpen spots.
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While Chasen Shreve and Luis Severino did their best to fill those roles, Ottavino worked hard on his mechanics and held down a spot when needed.
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In Game 4 against Toronto, manager Joe Girardi pulled Severino after just four pitches, using him to pinch-run because he didn’t have another reliever ready.
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A Dizzying Array of Options: The New York Yankees have seen a dizzying array of pitching options during their three-game postseason sweep.
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In every game, manager Aaron Boone has gone to starter Masahiro Tanaka, but only for one inning at a time. Tanaka has not returned to pitch again.
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He’s been replaced by David Robertson for two innings and Chad Green for an inning each. And that was just game one.
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Wade Davis is out for at least one month, meaning one of New York’s relievers will have to take on his ninth inning duties. There are plenty of candidates.
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