Surprise, surprise! After much speculation, Aaron Boone confirmed the Yankees have named Deivi García their Game Two starter, per Lindsey Adler. Boone also noted that Masahiro Tanaka will start Game Three. This is an exciting development, as most expected either Tanaka or J.A. Happ to start the second game.
García, 21, made six starts for the Yankees down the stretch, impressing in nearly all of them. He threw one clunker in Boston, which skews his season numbers, leaving them at a 4.98 ERA (4.15 FIP). The rookie right-hander has not seen the Rays this season, but he offers upside with his swing-and-miss stuff (8.65 K/9).
Tanaka, meanwhile, gets some extra rest as he starts Game Three. The Postseason King had a strange start in Cleveland, which included a mid-first inning rain delay. Even after getting charged for six runs in four innings. his postseason numbers are still sterling: 2.70 ERA (3.52 FIP).
This leaves Happ and Jordan Montgomery available should the series need more than three games.
We’ll have more on this news shortly. For now, how do you feel about García going in Game Two? Let us know in the comment section!