HOUSTON — Joe Girardi said Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino would be unavailable for Game 7. Chad Green probably would be unavailable as well, after he threw 38 pitches in Game 6.
Girardi said his strategy is to exhausted most of his bullpen options, if necessary, before turning to a starter like Sonny Gray in relief.
David Robertson, who has struggled recently, would be available for multiple innings despite throwing 12 pitches in Game 6.
The goal for the Yankees is probably to get from CC Sabathia to Tommy Kahnle and then Aroldis Chapman, if possible.
Girardi said he expected that Dallas Keuchel could be available out of the bullpen for the Astros.
“I think he could throw 40-50 pitches,” Girardi said. “But I don’t know what will happen. I’m not in that clubhouse. They didn’t let me in there unfortunately. But do I think it’s a good possibility we’ll see him at some point? Absolutely.
WORLD OF DISAPPOINTMENT
Girardi says the Yankees will be “extremely disappointed” if they don’t win it all.
“Our goal has been to win the World Series,” the manager said prior to Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park. “And obviously if we’re fortunate enough to get there and don’t win it, we’re going to be extremely disappointed. And if we don’t get past the Astros, we’re going to be extremely disappointed.
Yankees vs. Astros 2017 American League Championship Series
“Now, have there been some good things that happened along the way? Yeah. But we didn’t reach our ultimate goal.”
The Bombers, of course, have reached this point faster than expected, on the heels of a 91-win regular season in which youngsters like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino, among others, took tremendous strides forward.
During the playoffs, they’ve been able to overcome adversity.
A quality foundation is in place, with several more young prospects like Gleyber Torres and Justus Sheffield on the way, and a ton of free-agent money to spend in 2019.
Girardi didn’t feel the need to give his team a motivation speech prior to Game 7.
“I don’t think there’s any need to,” he said. “They know what they need to do.”
The manager is in the final year of his deal. He says he will talk to his family about his future at season’s end.