Part 18 of a series analyzing the New York Yankees
If MLB and the Players Association can find an avenue to get an abbreviated season underway, it won’t be the only short thing about what would be a very different game.
Should the five starters remaining relatively healthy, the Yankees won’t need Chad Green as an opener, which means the powerful bullpen will house another high-end arm.
Adding Green to Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga will provide Aaron Boone with a deep pen highlighted by interchangeable parts that will shorten games. Should a spot start be required, Cessa and Loaisiga can handle that.
With Boone and first-year pitching coach Matt Blake expected to limit each starter’s workload in a season that might begin in July, a deep pen could lead to the parade of relievers as soon as the fourth inning.
Of the bullpen six arms, only Chapman will have a highly defined role — the ninth inning. Cessa and Loaisiga can provide long relief or work later if others need a day off. Britton can close or pitch in the eighth and seventh. That leaves Ottavino, Kahnle…