Tag: Luis Severino

Game 151: Don’t Let Them Clinch Tonight

The Yankees look to push back the Red Sox celebration as long as they can, as they look to take the first two of three from Boston on Wednesday. Luis Severino, who left his last outing after just 83 pitches with two outs in the sixth inning, looks to get over a significant bump in his season. He’s given up a 6.43 ERA in 11 starts since July 12. His counterpart is frequent Yankee opponent David Price. Price has a 1.56 ERA and five wins in nine starts since the All-Star break. But, he’s 0-5 with a 10.44 ERA in five Yankee Stadium starts since joining the Red Sox. One of these streaks will have to give, and the Yankees are hoping for the latter.

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Austin Romine was unavailable off the bench because of a sore neck. He reported feeling better today, and will be available off the bench.
  • Aroldis Chapman has been activated from the disabled list after missing 28 days with tendinitis in his left knee.

Red Sox Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts – DH
  2. Andrew Benintendi – LF
  3. J.D. Martinez – RF
  4. Xander Bogaerts – SS
  5. Mitch Moreland – 1B
  6. Ian Kinsler – 2B
  7. Eduardo Núñez – 3B
  8. Sandy León – C
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF

Game 144: Trio in the Twin Cities

The Yankees kick off a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins tonight, sending lefty J.A. Happ to the hill.

Happ got a no-decision his last time out, but pitched quite well. He allowed just one run on two hits Tuesday in Oakland. He’s the owner of a 5-0 record and 3.10 ERA since his trade from Toronto to the Yankees.

Happ’s opponent is Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson. Gibson has been the Twins’ best qualified starter this season in terms of ERA (3.74), though his 7-12 record is nowhere near as pretty. The righty gave up four runs (two earned) his last time out a week ago against Houston on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

Pregame Notes:

  • NOT A DRILL: Aaron Judge took five rounds of batting practice on the field today, “without the hint of pain,” per George A. King III of the New York Post. It’s a huge step to see the big fella taking live BP, and here’s to hoping he can sneak into the RailRiders lineup as they chase the Governor’s Cup.
  • Speaking of the Triple-A playoffs, ex-Yankees righty Giovanny Gallegos (traded to St. Louis) had a pinch-hit walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning after the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds ran out of position players. You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.
  • Luke Voit has some back stiffness, and will sit in favor of Greg Bird tonight. Aaron Boone said Voit’s issue is not serious and that he’ll be available off the bench.
  • Sonny Gray gets the spot-start tomorrow as the Yankees push everyone back a day. The October 3 Wild Card game looms large as the season starts to wrap up, and this is a move to have either Luis Severino or Masahiro Tanaka lined up for that evening.

Twins Lineup:

(italics denotes ex-Yankees)
  1. Joe Mauer – 1B
  2. Jorge Polanco – SS
  3. Logan Forsythe – 2B
  4. Robbie Grossman – RF
  5. Mitch Garver – C
  6. Willians Astudillo – DH
  7. Jake Cave – CF
  8. Johnny Field – LF
  9. Gregorio Petit – 3B

Game 123: Win It for the ’98 Team

Today, the Yankees welcome back the 1998 World Series Champions to celebrate the 20th anniversary of going 114-48 and winning a 24th title. First pitch has been pushed back to 1:25 p.m. as a result.

Luis Severino gets the ball as he looks to stabilize a shaky second half. In five starts after the All-Star break, the Yanks have gone just 1-4 and the 24-year-old righty has a 7.96 ERA in that time. The team is opting to keep Sevy on his normal schedule so that he can work through whatever is causing him to stay in the middle of the zone. Hitters are slashing .345/.377/.621 off him in those five starts where his ERA has gone from 2.31 to 3.27.

Sean Reid-Foley, born in Guam because of his father’s US Coast Guard assignment, gets the start for Toronto this afternoon. He made his MLB debut August 13 in Kansas City, allowing three earned runs on six hits and taking a loss against the Royals. He was the Blue Jays’ second round pick in the 2014 draft, and owned a 2.98 ERA in 23 starts between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo.

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Gary Sánchez will head to Tampa on Sunday to continue his rehab. He went through a variety of baseball activities at Yankee Stadium yesterday and did not report any setbacks with his right groin injury. He could start his rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League so that he can be closely monitored by the staff in Tampa before being transferred higher in the system to face better pitching.
  • Aaron Judge is still not swinging a bat, but has been working in the outfield and running the bases. The All-Star expressed frustration “with being out,” but emphasized he did not want to rush back from the chip fracture in his right wrist and risk a setback that would cause him to miss even more time.
  • The Blue Jays placed last night’s starter, Marcus Stroman, on the 10-day disabled list as he continues to battle a blister.

Blue Jays Lineup:

  1. Billy McKinney – LF (old friend alert – McKinney makes his Blue Jays debut)
  2. Devon Travis – 2B
  3. Curtis Granderson – DH
  4. Justin Smoak – 1B
  5. Kevin Pillar – CF
  6. Teoscar Hernández – RF
  7. Danny Jansen – C
  8. Aledmys Díaz – 3B
  9. Richard Ureña – SS

Yankees 7, White Sox 3: Sevy + Stanton = Sweep

On the right side of a Sox sweep this time.

CHICAGO – For the second time in three games, the Yankees scored seven runs en route to a win in Chicago.

Luis Severino definitely took a step in the right direction Wednesday night, settling in after a rocky first inning where he allowed two runs to throw seven innings and strike out eight batters.

José Abreu and Daniel Palka recorded an RBI double and single, respectively, in the first, but Sevy locked things down from there. A solo home run allowed to Tim Anderson leading off the fifth inning was the only mistake he made from that point on. His fastball velocity, a concern of many, was a consistent 97.05 mph and his command appears to have gotten back on track.

The Yankees offense stepped up behind their ace so that he could work through his issues. Finding themselves down by two in the second inning, the Bombers stormed back with a six-run frame. Gleyber Torres led off with a walk, Neil Walker singled then Austin Romine and Shane Robinson hit ground ball RBI singles to tie the score at two.

After Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch, Giancarlo Stanton stepped into the box against Lucas Giolito. He worked the count to 3-0 and fouled two pitches to make the count full. He lofted the sixth pitch down the right-field line, and barely snuck it fair inside the foul pole for a grand slam. His 27th home run of the year capped a very productive frame for the Yanks.

In the fifth inning, Aaron Hicks continued to increase his career-high in home runs by cranking his 19th of the year on a hanging curveball from Giolito.

What’s Next:

J.A. Happ returns from his hand, foot and mouth disease to welcome the Texas Rangers for a three-game series. Reporters indicated after the game that Chance Adams would be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear his roster spot.

Yankees 4, White Sox 3: Miguel Andújar, Sonny Gray Star in Wild Extra-Innings Win

CHICAGO – If someone told me pre-game that Sonny Gray would be a key piece to tonight’s win, I wouldn’t believe you.

The right-hander who watched Lance Lynn throw 7⅓ shutout innings in his rotation spot last night took on his new role in a tough situation. After Zach Britton blew a save by allowing a two-run home run to José Abreu in the bottom of the 10th inning, Gray entered in the 11th and got nine outs while allowing just one hit and one walk.

The Yankees got the lead for good in the 13th inning. Didi Gregorius worked a one-out walk, and moved into scoring position on Luke Voit‘s first Yankees single. Two pitches later, Miguel Andújar golfed a changeup from Luis Avilán into left field to score Didi.

Unfortunately, the Yankees thought they had won the game three innings prior. Brett Gardner worked a walk in the 10th after pinch-hitting for Shane Robinson in the seventh, and Giancarlo Stanton powered a two-run shot off Tyler Danish to give the Yanks a 3-1 advantage.

That did not stand, however, as Britton could not hold the lead. Omar Narváez was drilled as the first batter and then Abreu powered a 1-1 sinker deep to center to tie the game.

The first seven innings of the game proved to be a pitchers’ duel. CC Sabathia struck out 12 White Sox hitters in his 5⅔ innings of work. Reynaldo López did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against the Yankees. Abreu hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Andújar homered in the seventh for the only runs in regulation.

What’s Next:

Luis Severino faces off against Lucas Giolito looking for a Yankees sweep.

Yankees 6, Rays 7: Sevy’s Struggles, Sánchez’s Strolls Key in Series Opening Loss

Lack of focus and hustle kills the Yanks in St. Pete.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Another loss that can be put into the “frustrating” column.

A ground ball that looked like a failed fielder’s choice that should have tied the game with the bases loaded resulted in the game’s final out. Gary Sánchez didn’t kick it into high-gear until too late, and a 4-6-3 groundout decided Monday’s contest.

“I think I could have done a better job there, for sure,” Sánchez said through an interpreter. “I hit the ball well. When the play developed and I saw the runner safe at second base, I tried to beat the play, but I couldn’t.”

The Yankees hung around all night, but never seemed able to find the breakthrough hit. Sánchez’s lack of hustle compounded poor decision-making that saw Didi Gregorius sacrifice bunt ahead of Giancarlo Stanton. He got the bunt down, but it put runners on second and third so the simple play was to give Stanton the intentional pass.

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“Just the lefty-lefty matchup there and knowing they’d walk [Stanton], but what’s the tradeoff?” Boone said of his thinking. “Do you like the bases loaded, one out with Hicks from the right side? We did, and we liked getting Alvarado off the mound in a fielding situation as well. We got the situation that we wanted. If Didi doesn’t get it done, they can go to the righty for Stanton.”

Aaron Hicks, who came into the night .067/.304/.133 (1 wRC+) with the bases loaded, grounded into a 5-2 force out at home plate because of the bases loaded situation created by Boone’s decision. The next batter, Sánchez, ripped one to the second baseman Daniel Robertson, who flipped to shortstop Willy Adames in an attempt to force Hicks at second base. Hicks beat Adames to the bag, and Sánchez only reached a full sprint once he saw this. So, like a double play ball, Adames fired to Jake Bauers at first base for the 27th out.

That wasn’t the only play that led fans and broadcasters alike to question Sánchez’s effort. In the first inning, Bauers scored on a passed ball… from second base. It looked like a cross-up: Luis Severino threw a slider and Sánchez expected a fastball. It clanked off some combination of the catcher’s glove and shin guard and rolled more than three-quarters of the way up the third-base line. Bauers never slowed down, and Sánchez’s jog after the ball saw the former round third hard and head for the plate. Gary realized what was happening too late, and his throw to Severino covering hit the runner in the back.

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In the dugout after this, Sánchez and Severino were seen jawing at each other over the root of the cross-up. Severino walked away after a few seconds of heated discussion.

“I asked [Sánchez], and he told me that he didn’t see the ball,” Severino said. “For me, it seemed like he didn’t see it.”

“We happened to cross up on the signs there, but like I said, I should have gotten that ball quicker there,” Sánchez said through Marlon Abreu.

Severino was not on his game at all. Bauers roped a hanging slider for a three-run home run off him in the fifth inning. Sánchez hit an RBI single to pull the Yankees within one in the sixth, but Robertson proceeded to hit Severino’s first pitch of the very next frame for a solo homer into the first row in right field. Jesús Sucre and Matt Duffy each added RBIs off of Chad Green, but the runs were charged to Severino. He finished allowing a season-high seven runs.

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Stanton had one of his best days at the plate so far in his young Yankees career, with four hits, one walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. The only other Yankee with multiple hits was Miguel Andújar, with two.

Adam Warren and A.J. Cole each threw a scoreless inning of relief. With Giovanny Gallegos in the bullpen, could we see Cole in some higher-leverage spots? Something to watch.

What’s Next

Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) will take on another Rays opener in Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 3.71 ERA)

Game 98: At Least They Can’t Get Rained Out in a Dome

The last time the Yankees came to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, they left with a rather sour taste in their mouth.

The team struck out 23 times in a three-game series, compared to just 19 total hits in 105 at bats. In that span, they left 21 men on base. The result was a demoralizing and frustrating sweep.

Tasked with preventing a similar results this time around is opening starter Luis Severino. The ace of the staff makes his first appearance after pitching a scoreless second inning for the American League in the 2018 All-Star Game in DC. He only lasted five innings in each of his last two starts, July 7 at Toronto and July 12 at Cleveland, so the extra rest from the All-Star break should help him last deeper into the game. He last faced Tampa on June 16, where he threw eight shutout innings and struck out nine.

It will be another Rays opener on the hill tonight. Getting the ball is 2013 29th-round pick Hunter Wood, whose longest outing on the season came July 3 when he pitched three innings against the Miami Marlins. He only has one “start,” which came July 11 in Detroit when he pitched the first inning. Overall, he has no record but a 2.70 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 13⅓ innings.

Aaron Boone sends out an identical lineup to last night’s rained-out series finale with the Mets. Gary Sánchez returns to the stadium where he screened his groin a month ago. With Gleyber Torres‘ return looming, Neil Walker gets another start at second base.

Pre-Game Notes

  • Gleyber Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk, single and run scored in his first rehab game Saturday with High-A Tampa. He played seven innings at second base, and is still expected to re-join the team Wednesday.
  • Ronald Torreyes has been activated from Triple-A SWB’s temporarily inactive list, and transferred to join Torres in Tampa for his first game action since June 25. The utility infielder missed that time attending to his wife, who had an undisclosed medical problem. He’s starting at shortstop alongside Torres at second.
  • Clint Frazier, who was removed from a minor-league game July 19 for precautionary reasons related to concussion, was transferred from the 7-day disabled list in the International League to the Yankees’ 10-day disabled list. Frazier was optioned to the minors July 16 but took the full 72 hours allotted to him to report (which was very unlike him, since he normally reports within 24 hours). It turns out Frazier had complained about nausea to the training staff after a collision with Baltimore Orioles third baseman Jace Peterson on July 11. He entered as a substitute for the Yankees on July 13 and July 15 in the final series before the All-Star break in Cleveland. His disabled list move is significant because he will now accrue major league service time and pay.

Rays Lineup:

  1. Kevin Kiermaier – CF
  2. Matt Duffy – 3B
  3. Jake Bauers – 1B
  4. Ji-Man Choi – DH
  5. Joey Wendle – LF
  6. Daniel Robertson – 2B
  7. Mallex Smith – RF
  8. Willy Adames – SS
  9. Jesús Sucre – C