J.A. Happ, who the Yankees hoped would be a weapon against the Red Sox throughout the ALDS, failed to escape the second inning during Game 1 on Friday night in Boston.
As of now, the Yankees have Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and CC Sabathia lined up to start Games 2, 3, and 4 (if necessary) respectively. However, if the Yankees are down two games to one heading into Game 4, it's fair to wonder if they'll bring Happ -- who tossed only 44 pitches Friday night -- back on short rest.
If the series goes the distance and Happ isn't used on short rest, he would be well-rested for Game 5 in Boston.
Happ was pulled and replaced by Chad Green in the bottom of the third inning Friday night after allowing a double to Mookie Betts and single to Andrew Benintendi to open the frame.
Overall, Happ allowed five runs (with both inherited runners scoring after he left) on four hits while walking one and striking out two.
Happ, who has tremendous career numbers against the Red Sox, faced them four times during the regular season (twice with the Blue Jays and twice with the Yankees), never allowing as many runs as he allowed Friday night.
He allowed one run (none earned) in 6.0 innings on Sept. 18 against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, while allowing four runs in 6.0 innings against them on Sept. 28 in Boston.