2019 Yankees Preview: Bullpen

We’re 17 days from Yankees Opening Day (MARCH 28TH @ 1PM) and it’s time to start breaking down the expected 25 man roster. Regarded as the strength of the team, the Yankees bullpen is loaded from top to bottom. I have eight (8) guys filling this part of the Yanks roster.

Aroldis Chapman

So long as he’s healthy and throwing near triple digits, Chapman should be his flamethrowing self. Last year was actually a bit of a rebound from his 2017 “mortal” year. Expect the “Cuban Missile” to have his typical 30+ save season with an ERA around 2.50 and a lofty strikeout rate.

Zack Britton

Bringing back Britton was clearly a high priority for GM Brian Cashman and the Yanks. Keeping him away from the Red Sox was another wonderful feature of bringing now Zack – with a K – back to the Bronx. Should Chapman go down or turn ineffective, Britton, given his previous closing experience, I’d imagine is next inline.

Dellin Betances

Can people stop freaking out about Dellin’s velocity, please? At least let the man right the ship into the season some. Any who, if the Yanks want to get back to the where they ultimately want to be, #68 will be a big piece of the equation. As long as he feels physically okay, I’m confident Dellin will be his electric self. See below:

Chad Green

Another reliable arm, Green is an unsung hero and the most versatile piece of this Yankees bullpen. I worry about his usage because he’s been used so much, including multiple innings a clip, the past two seasons but his strong start to the spring has eased that thought. I expect Green to be a fireman and put out fires early in games and hand them off to the big guns He’d be in the closer conversation for about a third of the teams in baseball; he’s the Yanks fifth option…

Jonathan Holder

Holder took major strides last year and actually become an important pitcher, at times. It seems he’s building off the momentum this spring, which bodes well for him securing a role on the 25 man roster. More likely than not he’ll be used in blowouts or when the ‘pen has been gassed. Crazy to think a guy with an ERA under 4.00 could be used in such a role.

Tommy Kahnle

A forgotten man, Kahnle has reasserted himself as the 2017 force we saw a few years ago thus far in the spring. If he can put the disaster of last season behind him and return to form, the Yanks have yet another strong option to torment teams with.

Luis Cessa

His 3.74 FIP indicates he was a bit unlucky last year and that 5.24 ERA is a little misleading. Simply put, he’s the long man and maybe, in case of emergency, a spot starter.

Adam Ottavino

I purposely saved “AO” for last. To me, he’s the right handed Andrew Miller – and I fucking LOVED Andrew Miller. I’m super excited to see this dude take the mound with the Yanks donning the number “0” and his truly wicked stuff. The hype around Ottavino is building and it’s probably because his pitches resemble a wiffleball being thrown:

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