On WFAN: Boone Talks Severino, Sanchez, Gregorius, More Ahead Of Wild-Card Game

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October 02, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Yankees manager Aaron Boone

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone joined Mike's On ahead of Wednesday's Wild-Card Game against the Oakland A's.

The decision to start Luis Severino has generated great debate given his second-half struggles. Severino was 14-2 at the All-Star break with a 2.31 ERA. He went 5-6 with a 5.57 ERA after the All-Star break.

"I just feel like he kind of turned the corner," Boone said. "I think when he is pitching well, he'll be the best pitcher on the field tomorrow night."

Boone feels that Severino was the best option among a number of options that he felt comfortable giving the ball.

"It was a difficult decision because I felt three good decisions," Boone said. "In the end, we went with Sevy."

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Boone mentioned the possibility of David Robertson entering the game early "to put out a fire and give us an extra inning if we felt like it was an important enough situation."

Another big decision was whether to start Gary Sanchez behind the plate. Sanchez allowed 18 passed balls in 76 games at catcher.

Sanchez will catch Severino in the Wild-Card Game. Boone is confident in Sanchez's ability behind the plate.

"I do feel good about where they are," Boone said of the Severino-Sanchez battery. "I think the hiccup they had happened to be in Oakland. It was a time in which we were kind of switching some sign things to make things a little more sophisticated as we headed down the stretch in getting ready for the postseason. I feel like those are absolutely ironed out."

The Yankees are boosted by shortstop Didi Gregorius' quick return to health.

"He's responded great to the shot he got last week," Boone said. "Plus, he's a tough guy. I have no issues with him. I think he'll be fine."