Green had a disappointing first season, and it was assumed that he would continue to fill out the Yankees’ pitching staff by moving between AAA and the majors.
However, things did not turn out that way. After getting promoted to the majors in May and making one major league start, he never returned to the minors.
He put up impressive stats in 40 appearances as the Yankees bullpen relied more and more on him. He had a 5-0 record, a 1.83 earned run average, and 103 strikeouts in 69 innings while allowing just 34 hits and 17 walks to his opponents.
The Yankees’ “hidden weapon” in the bullpen by the postseason was widely regarded as a possible game-changer.
As it was in the Wild Card Game against the Twins, he was sent in to relieve starter Luis Severino with one out in the first inning, three runs already on the board, and runners on second and third.
When he struck out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro, stranding the two runners, he salvaged the Yankees season.
With the Yankees leading 3-1, he followed that up with an impressive two-hitter in the second before they went on to take control of the game in the bottom of that frame.
A starter with some bullpen potential, his most recent experience had been in short outings, and he began to show symptoms of exhaustion in the third before giving up the ball to David Robertson, who went on to pitch well in relief.
The Yankees scored in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead and never looked back, going on to an 8-4 victory.
How Tall Is Chad Green?
Chad Green is 1.91 m tall.