The Wild Card game is coming (barring something happening that I'm not even going to say but kinda just said). People have been having the conversation for a month now. Some crazy folk have been having it for a couple months. It's all anyone can talk about.
I've been dodging the conversation for a while but now it's time to give my full thoughts.
The pros and cons of each starting pitcher getting the ball in the wild-card game. Here we go...
Pros: He's been our best pitcher since the all-star break. His sinker, when right, is a big game pitch that leads to strikeouts and groundouts. Tanaka loves the big moment and you can expect him to come to task. He's been on the team for a while and will be here for a couple more years, so in a sense, you can say he's put in his time and has earned the right to take on this responsibility and trust from the organization.
Cons: If he doesn't get the job done he may spiral into a severe depression or beat himself up in the clubhouse Liar Liar style.
Pros: The entire fanbase would be unified in its disgust, disbelief and anger by the decision. It would be a blast for everyone to finally be on the exact same page.
Cons: He has disappointed us all season and would most likely disappoint us again.
Pros: He's been as stable as stable comes since donning the pinstripes. A professional pitcher who goes out there with a plan and executes it.
Cons: His stuff doesn't lend itself to complete shut down games as much as Tanaka's can. He's a temporary player that is passing through.
Pros: We'd get a lot of close-ups of sweat dripping and a lot of fun lip reading clips.
Cons: Almost everything else.
Pros: How good is your good? Well, Severino's good is the best good the Yankees have.
Cons: Severino's good has vanished.
Cons: A lot.
There you have it. The best, most in-depth look you will see into the wild card decision.