Around the Empire
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: There are people that thought Luis Severino would be a better option out of the bullpen after last year. I think it’s safe to say those people no longer think that. If they do, that’s some hill they’ve chosen. Severino’s year has been nothing short of Cy Young worthy. While Chris Sale and Corey Kluber are the more likely winners, Severino is most cy-tainly in the discussion. Yesterday he gave up only one hit and struck out ten. Great googly moogly, that’s incredible. Please never stop.
MLB.com | Sam Butler: Speaking of options out of the bullpen, Joe Girardi has returned Aroldis Chapman to the closer role. Considering that it’s what he’s paid to do, it makes sense. Money aside, Chapman has looked better as of late. Returning him to the closer role will give Girardi more flexibility when it comes to Chad Green, David Robertson, and Dellin Betances. It’s a positive bullpen sign as the Yankees enter the final stretch.
MLB.com | T.R. Sullivan: The Yankees could use another positive sign to close out this three-game series against the Texas Rangers. Either they could play Ace of Base’s The Sign in the clubhouse or Jordan Montgomery could pitch well. Personally, I’d prefer the Gumby option since the best Ace of Base song is obviously All That She Wants. That is not up for debate! Girardi and friends will be monitoring Montgomery’s workload as the season draws to a close.
Newsday | Mark Herrmann: The Yankees and Rays will play baseball in Citi Field tomorrow. Both teams will hope not to catch whatever virus or curse that has plagued the Mets this year. While we’re on the subject of viruses, curses, and plagues, current Mets “manager” Terry Collins reminisced on the last time the Yankees had to play an emergency game in Queens. He was managing the Anaheim Angels, whom the Yankees played at Shea. I could go on about how Terry said the Yankees should have an advantage, but really, I think it’s better we use this time to remember the 90’s Angels uniforms.