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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/2/18

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Luke Voit player of the week; Gary Sanchez’s future behind the plate; Chad Green figures to be first up in Wild Card game; Is Voit the new Shane Spencer?; Is Voit the new Jim Leyritz?; Stephen Tarpley pitching his way into playoff roster consideration

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MLB | Matt Kelly: Another week gone and Luke Voit is still the absolute man. After a 3-homer, 3-double week, he is your American League Player of the Week. Voit finished the season with an outstanding .333/.405/.689/1.095 slash line in 39 games with the Yankees.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Once again, another sportswriter poses the question, “Does Gary Sanchez’s future lie behind the plate?” You’ve heard all the statistics before and probably have an opinion on the matter. Regardless of what you or I think, the Yankees seem to want Sanchez behind the plate, so we can pencil him in there for the foreseeable future.

NY Post | Dan Martin: Disaster struck early in last year’s Wild Card game. Luis Severino couldn’t make it out of the first, and Chad Green came in to bail him out. Green hopefully won’t have to take the mound during the first inning this year, but last year’s experience already has Green on his toes for this year’s game.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: It’s hard not to see the comparisons between Shane Spencer and Luke Voit. In September of 1998, Spencer came out of nowhere to knock 8 homers and to the tune of a 1.581 OPS. Similarly, Voit has carried the Yankees offense through their seemingly most stagnant period of the season. Only time will tell if Voit is a one-hit wonder like Spencer or a long-term starter for the Yankees.

NY Post | George A. King III: While statistically Voit feels like Shane Spencer come again, George King thinks Jim Leyritz might be a more apt comparison. Leyritz was never (and still isn’t) afraid to speak his mind and that’s somewhat similar to the Yankees’ new first baseman, who has always had a lot of confidence in his ability to perform.

NY Post | Dan Martin: Stephen Tarpley has only thrown 9 innings in his Major League career, but he could still very well make an appearance in Wednesday’s one-game playoff. After surrendering 3 runs in his first big league outing, Tarpley has thrown 8 shutout innings across 10 appearances. If the Yankees need a strong lefty-on-lefty reliever, Tarpley could be just the guy.