J.A. Happ, Luis Severino or Masahiro Tanaka?
Ten days before the wild card game, Aaron Boone said he hasn’t picked one yet and is prioritizing home-field advantage over manipulating his rotation to set up a particular pitcher for the start on Oct 3.
But Boone also didn’t show much faith in Happ on Sunday, pulling the pitcher after he allowed just one run in five innings. The move backfired as reliever A.J. Cole quickly gave up the lead in a 6-3 defeat to the Orioles.
“Just not the pinpoint command we’re used to seeing,” Boone said of Happ, who tossed 107 pitches.
As it stands, Happ (16-6), who was pulled Sunday with a 3-1 lead, is lined up to start the wild card...