The Yankees have dealt with injuries throughout the season, and it has led to some pretty unexpected outcomes, like the offensive heroics of Gio Urshela and Thairo Estrada. A new source of unexpected strength on the pitching side appears to be brewing for the Yankees, who on Monday won their third game of the season started by Chad Green, defeating the Padres, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium.
What’s so special about those wins in Green’s starts? They’ve come with a plan that’s new for the Yankees: using Green as an opener by having him pitch two innings or fewer to start the game off, then getting to a more stretched-out reliever for the brunt of the frames before delving into the rest of the bullpen. The Yankees have tried this in 2019 with in-season injuries to James Paxton and CC Sabathia, and Luis Severino having not pitched for the team this year.