Yankees starter RHP Masahiro Tanaka wouldn't mind being passed up for Luis Severino if the team makes the Wild Card round.
Severino has been the clear ace of the Yankees this season, but Tanaka has looked much better and has experience pitching in the 2015 Wild Card game against the Astros. But Tanaka doesn't mind if Severino is chosen to start in the potential game because he believes he has earned it.
"I wouldn't be disappointed. It's not something that's been decided yet," Tanaka told The Daily News through a translator. "But if Sevy were to pitch the wild-card game, I don't think anybody would have anything against that, just considering how he's pitched. And considering that it's a do-or-die game, you always want to get the best pitcher out there that can give the team the best chance to win. No one would be against if Sevy goes out there pitching in that game."
The 23-year-old Severino has not been told if he will start if the game comes along, but he will certainly be ready.
"I haven't heard anything about it, but I'll be ready if they need me for that game," Severino said. "I'll be watching video. I know we could face (the Twins), so I'll be paying plenty of attention. They have a good lineup. They've got power hitters over there. They can hit and they can run, so they're tough."
Manager Joe Girardi isn't ready to say who he wants to take the mound if the Wild Card is what the Yankees secure. However, he does mention Severino.
"I don't want to go through all the scenarios on a daily basis," Girardi said. "I've said, Sevy has pitched extremely well. Obviously the first goal is to get into the playoffs and then you worry about once you get there when you're playing and how you line people up."
Though Tanaka has posted a 12-11 overall record this season, he is 4-1 in his last five starts. Severino leads Yankees starters at 13-6 with a 2.93 ERA.