Who Closes for Yankees? Clay Holmes? Jameson Taillon? Jonathan Loaisiga? ‘All of the above’

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees game-closing committee basked in the sunlight Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium. The players climbed the dugout stairs and jogged across the outfield grass. They found partners and played tag. They were left-handed and right-handed, novices and helpers, journeymen and native weapons. In this group of pitchers, the Yankees believe there is enough talent to carry the bullpen through the playoffs.

For the first time under Brian Cashman, the Yankees will go into the postseason without an established closer. Mariano Rivera held this role for almost two decades. Andrew Miller closed for the team in 2015. Aroldis Chapman was ninth from 2017 until his troubles this season. Even before Chapman’s post-season banishment, the left-hander had squeezed himself into a less prominent role.

Rather than designating a man to replace Chapman, the Yankees have opted for a more nuanced approach going into Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. The candidates for closure are numerous. Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake listed Clay Holmes, Scott Effross, Jonathan Loáisiga, Wandy Peralta, Lou Trivino and even starters

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