I’m bullish on the Yankees using an opener in the playoffs, although that stems from a bearishness on their actual starting pitchers.I’ve changed my perspective on this because the Yankees’ starters haven’t sufficiently changed their performances.

You might consider this an odd time to float this idea, since Saturday afternoon marked the 2019 Yankees’ first loss in 12 times deploying an opener.

Yet even in this game, a 5-4 defeat to the Blue Jaysat Rogers Centre, opener Chad Green did his job by tossing a shutout first inning, and his successors Stephen Tarpley (two runs in 2 ¹/₃ innings) and Chance Adams (one run in 1 ²/₃ innings) kept the Yankees in the game.

Their second straight loss resulted from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s first career triple, a defensive swing on an 0-2 fastball from Adam Ottavino that stayed just fair inside the first-base line and rolled far into right field.

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