It’s good to have Luis Severino back and starting games since returning to the rotation at the start of 2022. He’s electric when he’s on, and while he probably won’t reach the hundreds of innings thrown after all injuries, it is worth giving him the ball every five days.
However, in his last two starts, Severino has looked a lot like a guy who hasn’t thrown much in three years. He had allowed 10 earned runs in 15.2 innings in his last 3 starts, although one of them included 5.1 hitless innings. By the numbers, he was the Yankees’ worst starting pitcher.
Monday night, he showed signs of rebounding. Against the Orioles, Severino went six innings, allowing one run on a hit, while striking out seven. He mostly roamed the Baltimore roster, setting the Yankees up for another win. The roster did its job, too, as the Yankees won 6-2, earning their seventh victory in their last eight games.
The teams traded missed chances (the Orioles going through crazy game) in the first and fast innings in the second before the Yankees opened the scoring in the third. With two outs and Anthony Rizzo leading, Giancarlo Stanton fielded one in right field. He fell, allowing Rizzo to go all the way around and score.
Stanton was ejected after wandering too far after the second, assuming the pitch would come home. It’s also worth noting on the play that it almost certainly would have been a two-run homer if Camden Yards’ fences had been where they were before this year.
An inning later, the Yankees added to their lead. With Gleyber Torres and Isiah Kiner-Falefa after the singles, Jose Trevino went to the opposite court and hit one from the foul post for a three-run home run, the first for a Yankee receiver all season. It was odd, the pitch being both quite high and having an xBA of only 0.110, but it still mattered.
The Orioles got on the board late in the fourth when Anthony Santander started the inning with a long ball. It was one of the few flaws in Sevy’s otherwise sterling outing.
After knocking out Ramón Urías to end a sixth set 1-2-3, Severino’s day would be over as Jonathan Loáisiga came out to start the seventh. He allowed a single to start the inning, but induced a double play and earned a strikeout to cross it cleanly. On a day when Severino looked better, it was also a step in the right direction for Loáisiga.
Chad Green pitched a scoreless eighth inning before the Yankees took insurance in the ninth. Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo went back-to-back, homering to give the Yankees some more breathing room.
Aroldis Chapman came on for the ninth, looking to rebound from Saturday’s loss to the White Sox. He eventually finished the game, but allowed a second consolation home run for Santander.
The Yankees already have a lot going for them; you don’t get the best league record by accident. However, Severino had been one of the slightly worrying things of the season so far. While it was just the Orioles, he showed some very positive signs Monday night. They will go for another win tomorrow night with Jameson Taillon facing Spenser Watkins at 7:05 p.m. ET.
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