Yankees fans, hold onto your hats (or should I say, skip a beat), because Luis Severino is back and better than ever! And by “better than ever,” I mean he threw 6 ²/₃ strong innings in a game against the Padres and only allowed one earned run. So basically, he’s going to be single-handedly leading the Yankees to World Series glory this year.
But let’s not forget that Severino has had some bad luck with injuries in recent years. He missed the first seven weeks of the season due to a strained lat from spring training. And during Saturday’s game, there was a moment where everyone thought he might have been injured again when he threw a pitch for ball four that ended up at the backstop. But no worries folks, it was just an errant delivery. Phew!
Severino even said himself that it was just a bad pitch and that he was mad at himself. He also begged his coach Boone not to take him out of the game after Torres’ fielding error with two outs in the seventh inning. Clearly, Severino is determined to prove his worth on this team.
And can we talk about how amazing his pitching was? He limited the Padres to just one hit (a solo homer by Fernando Tatis Jr.) and struck out five batters while only walking three. No big deal right? Just another day as an MLB player.
To add insult to injury (pun intended), Severino lit up the radar gun by hitting 100 mph at one point and consistently sitting in high 90s with his fastball. It’s no wonder why Yankee fans are losing their minds over this guy; they finally have someone who can throw heat like nobody’s business!
But wait there’s more! The real reason Yankee fans are ecstatic over Severino is because they can envision having him lead this rotation alongside Gerrit Cole and Carlos Rodon. And let’s not forget that Rodon hasn’t even pitched for the Yankees yet due to a back injury, so once he’s healthy… Look out MLB!
In all seriousness, Severino has had a tough road with injuries in recent years, but it seems like he’s finally back and ready to regain his form from 2017-2018 when he was unstoppable on the mound. He went 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA and struck out 450 hitters across 384 ²/₃ innings during those two seasons.
Boone himself said that Severino is “a frontline starter” and can match up with anyone in the league when he’s at his best. So basically, Yankee fans should be thanking their lucky stars (and praying non-stop) for having Severino on their team.
All jokes aside, it’s great to see Luis Severino back on the mound pitching lights-out baseball again. Not only does this provide hope for Yankee fans this season but also shows how resilient of an athlete he is despite past injuries. Here’s hoping that we’ll continue to see incredible performances from him throughout this season and beyond!