Even if the Yanks win tonight’s wild card showdown in the Bronx against the Astros, their rotation for the ALDS vs. KC took a huge hit.
CC Sabathia checked himself into an alcohol rehab center on Monday and is done for the season.
We can only hope for the best. As Yankee GM Brian Cashman stated, this is a life issue.
CC had a bad season, 6-10, 4.73, ERA+ 84, but with Nathan Eovaldi having missed a few weeks with elbow inflammation, was needed to be a starter in the postseason. Not only that, but since wearing the knee brace, CC was pitching better lately. Add in the fact that CC did have prior postseason experience to bring to the table…
Should the Yanks somehow find a way to win and beat Dallas Keuchel tonight, Masahiro Tanaka, tonight’s starter, most likely wouldn’t be ready again until at least Game 3 of the ALDS. Luis Severino would probably start Game 1 against KC. Besides those two, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova would now probably be the other two starters, Adam Warren staying in the bullpen to provide help there in middle relief.
Nova, however, has been awful lately, going 2-8, 6.58 in his last 10 starts. He probably would have been passed over for a postseason start if this didn’t happen.
Of course, any talk about the ALDS becomes a moot point if the Yanks lose tonight.
Go Tanaka and go Yankees.