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The Yankee bullpen couldn't do the job it was asked to


Added 10-20-19 06:13:02am EST - “In the end, it did not compensate for the deep starting pitching the Yankees were unable to sign last winter or acquire at the trade deadline.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “The Yankee bullpen couldn’t do the job it was asked to”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

HOUSTON — Aroldis Chapman stood there for a second, stunned. The Yankees had built their bullpen for this moment. They added set-up man Zack Britton and brought in Adam Ottavino for October. And with one hung slider, the bullpen had ended the Yankees’ season.

Chapman gave up a two-run home run to Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Astros a 6-4 win over the Yankees, clinching the American League Championship Series in six games.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Chapman said, responding to a question about the TV cameras showing him smiling after the home run. “I couldn’t believe he hit the ball. Tough time in the game. Just for a split second, I just couldn’t believe it.”

The Yankees’ super-bullpen was beaten by the Astros. In a game where both teams used an “opener,” the Yankees seemed to have an edge because they had done it so often this season. They were 11-4 in games Chad Green opened this year; Green allowed a three-run homer to Yuli Gurriel in the first inning.

Tommy Kahnle, pitching for the third straight day, allowed a run, and Chapman, who the Yankees used sparingly all September to keep healthy, allowed the game-winning homer.

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