Was there a bigger surprise last season then Aaron Judge’s mammoth, record breaking campaign? The answer is no. But, Chad Green made it pretty damn close. The argument could be made he was the Yankees most important player last season.
Look at these numbers: 103 strikeouts in 69 innings (40 appearances), an ERA of 1.83 and a .739 WHIP. Flat-out unreal for anyone; especially for a mediocre bullpen piece the year prior in 2016. From picking up the slack when Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances were ineffective at various points in 2017 to picking up Luis Severino and literally saving the season by his performance in the AL Wild Card game, Chad Green was simply irreplaceable and the best pitcher in a loaded bullpen
For the 2018 season regression has to be expected. The strikeouts should come down a bit because of a more balanced bullpen with David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in the mix from the start this year. I think it’s fair to expect an ERA around 3 and a WHIP at about 1.1 – 1.2, as well.
This year, like Judge, will be a bigtime “prove it” season for Green. He was the very definition of a “relief ace” and it’ll be fun to see if he can take that next step and become a consistent top end option for Aaron Boone to go to.