Cashman On WFAN: Yankees Comfortable With Luis Severino In Wild Card Game

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October 03, 2018 - 5:29 pm
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By WFAN.com

Brian Cashman has seen it all during his tenure with the New York Yankees. In his 20 years as Yankees' general manager Cashman has won four World Series Championships, but a winner-take-all Wild Card game is always a unique challenge. 

The Yankees face the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night with their season on the line in the AL Wild Card game. Cashman joined WFAN's Mike Francesa before the game to talk about the decision to start Luis Severino, and about all the other issues ahead of the evening's season defining tilt. 

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"I'm comfortable with Sevy without question," said Cashman. "I would've been comfortable with Tanaka or Happ ... and I also would've been comfortable with the bullpen again if you had to do it that way too. I just feel like there was a number of different ways to go ... but I think that Booney ultimately made the right choice with Sevy. I think he has pitched extremely well for us all year, for the most part. He obviously pitched poorly for a period of time, but he looks like he's back on track. It's all hands on deck regardless, if he stumbles." 

Severino will be under a lot of pressure with the ball in his hands from the start, but so will Luke Voit. Voit is batting fifth in the lineup as he tries to continue his impressive start to his Yankees' career. Cashman seems to be a big fan of the 27-year-old slugger.

"Voit has really just, in the end, earned everything he has gotten by coming in here and doing what he's done. It was a big under the radar move that's paying huge dividends. We got him as a protection mechanism at the very least, with some upside, and he has played a much bigger role than that."

Miguel Andújar is another player who has provided a surprisingly impressive impact to the Yankees this season. Cashman notably backed the 23-year-old to be the AL Rookie of the Year. 

"He proved his time was now. And he had, obviously, a huge impact on this team and why we're playing in this game tonight. And he had some amazing accomplishments and I certainly hope he wins the Rookie of the Year, because I think he deserves it."

Andújar seems like a shoe-in to win that award, but only time will tell if the Yankees can win Wednesday to extend their season and earn a trip to Boston to face the Red Sox. 

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