With Luis Severino ailing and James Paxton being a newcomer in the Bronx, the New York Yankees needed to figure out who'd be toeing the mound on Opening Day.
Manager Aaron Boone delivered that answer before the team's Spring Training game on Saturday, revealing Masahiro Tanaka would be the man for the Yanks.
Tanaka gets Yankees opening day start according to Boone. To be followed by Paxton & Happ.— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) March 9, 2019
Boone said on Friday that the team had picked an Opening Day starter but he wouldn't reveal who it is as Tanaka started against the Tigers last night.
As for the pitchers who will follow, Paxton will be the Yankees' No. 2, JA Happ will be the No. 3, and CC Sabathia will likely follow (assuming he's healthy by then) until the team figures out more about Severino's status.
Masahiro Tanaka will start opening day for the Yankees, per Aaron Boone, in place of Luis Severino (shoulder). He’ll be followed by James Paxton and J.A. Happ.— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) March 9, 2019
The bad news for Yankees fans is that Tanaka is not good in Opening Day starts. He's 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA, but given the Yankees will be playing the Orioles to kick off the season, you'd have to think he won't have a tough time with their rebuilding squad.
With the way he finished the 2018 season, Yankee fans are hoping Tanaka carries that energy into 2019.