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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

C.C. Sabathia expected to go on the DL with a left hamstring strain

During the fourth inning of last night’s game, Sabathia grabbed his hamstring after a pitch to Martin Maldonado. He left the game after that inning, and it was later revealed that he suffered a hamstring strain and will most likely go on the 10-day DL.

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First off, this is a tragic loss. C.C. has been the Yankees best starter for the past month, pitching to a 0.99 ERA in his last six starts including last night’s game. Overall on the season, he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA. His success this year is a big reason why the Yankees are in first place, so this injury is a big blow to the team. Get well soon, C.C.

If/when Sabathia is placed on the DL, the Yankees will need a starter to replace him. They have a few options for this. They could just leave Chad Green in the rotation, and roll with what they have now with Tanaka-Pineda-Severino-Montgomery-Green. They could also use one of their starters down in AAA, such as Domingo German or Luis Cessa. I wouldn’t expect Chance Adams to get the call unless the strain is very severe, and Sabathia will miss extended time. 

Article by: Alex Weir
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