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Programming note: Today’s live chat has been moved to tomorrow afternoon.
Earlier this month and before the regular season began, Matt covered one of the Yankees’ biggest storylines of the now underway season: Luis Severino’s return. Sevy is only two starts in, but so far, what we’ve seen has been encouraging, particularly his last outing against Toronto. And not only has he looked pretty sharp, but he also looks like a different pitcher, and for the better. Matt was on point regarding a reinvention:
…I look at his season in 2022 a lot like I did Jameson Taillon’s in 2021. It will essentially be a season of reinvention and a hope for success. Taillon threaded that needle fairly well in 2021. Let’s hope Severino can do the same.Matt
Indeed, Severino has changed his pitch mix, including the introduction of a cutter (or is it a hard slider?) that we’ve seen other Yankees newly incorporate this season too (Gerrit Cole, for one). I’m looking forward to Sevy’s start tonight against Detroit, particularly in light of how he’s looked in his first two outings. It’s still far too early (two starts, eight innings) to make any grand proclamation that Severino is back, but it’s definitely worth examining some of the adjustments he’s made post surgery.