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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yanks option Refsnyder, call up Tyler Webb

The Yankees have optioned Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and selected the contract of left-handed relief pitcher Tyler Webb to take his place. Webb was not previously on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees never made a corresponding move after Tommy Layne was DFA'd, so they had been carrying 39 players. Refsnyder has a poor slash line of .172/.226/.276 on the season in 29 at-bats, with no homers or RBIs. Webb, meanwhile, has a 3.24 ERA in 21 relief appearances with Scranton, and has struck out 47 batters in just 33.1 innings.
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The Yankees are in need of more bullpen help due to its recent struggles, with the biggest culprit being Tyler Clippard, and to a lesser extent, Jonathon Holder. Adding Webb to the mix will give the club another option, along with a third left hander in the bullpen to go with Chasen Shreve and Aroldis Chapman. With Clippard most likely getting a game or two off to clear his head, along with Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman pitching last night, Webb might make his debut tonight. If not, expect to see him in his first big league game soon.

Article by: Alex Weir
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