The Yankees were nice enough to let us know that they didn’t see me making the team at that point, LeBlanc said. They said ‘If you want to see what else is out there, we’ll let you go.’

LeBlanc doesn’t blame the Yanks for giving up on him instead of waiting and hoping for a return to his previous good forms, such as when he pitched to a 3.77 ERA in 2016 for the Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ramirez strained his lat and they thought initially it would be a 10-to-12 day thing, LeBlanc said. So I make one start and do pretty decent, then I make a second start that was pretty decent, then Ramirez had a setback and here we are.

Using a five-pitch repertoire that includes a lot of well-located slow fastballs, LeBlanc has been one of the most effective starters in the game over the last two months. In his nine starts, he’s 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA.

What’s the secret to his success?

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