So it looks like the Yankees won't have a closer just yet. From Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk:
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that heâll begin the season without a set closer, instead splitting the ninth-inning duties between right-hander Dellin Betances and left-hander Andrew Miller based on matchups and game situations.
From the Lohud Yankees blog:
“My thought has been more like with a power lefty who strikes out a lot of guys and a power righty, the lineups just might match up where one day he’s the eighth inning guy and then one day he’s the ninth inning guy a little bit better,” Girardi said. “… I think you start managing who you’re going to use (in the ninth) in about the sixth inning, because you try to prepare them.”
Oh this will be fun. I cannot wait for the overreactions from everyone when one or both guys have a hiccup in the early part of the season.
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