I’ll take eleven postseason wins exactly like this one. An undefeated and stressless October would be wonderful. Anyway, as you may have gathered, the Yankees easily handled the Angels tonight, 8-. Luis Severino’s return exceeded expectations and the offense did its usual thing. Here are the takeaways:
You couldn’t have asked for a better season debut for Luis Severino. Going into tonight, the most important thing was that Severino got through his first outing healthy. He did just that and then some. Sevy blanked the Halos on 67 pitches over four innings and struck out four in the process. Sure, it was against a depleted lineup without Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, but that doesn’t matter. His stuff looked fantastic, especially for his first time in a competitive major league game this year.
Per Statcast, Severino averaged 96.6 MPH on his heater. That’s lower than his 97.6 mark from last season, but who cares. He maxed out at 98.8, so the velocity is still there. And, aside from a little dip in the third inning, he held it to the very end:
Severino’s slider ranged from 80.4 to 87.3 MPH, settling in at 84.4 MPH on average. I’m intrigued: he’s historically thrown that pitch between 88 and 89. Super small sample size (19 pitches), but I wonder if this might be something new from the 25 year-old. Perhaps he’s incorporating some variations this season? It’s too soon to tell, but let’s call it a thing to keep an eye on.
Even with a weak opposing lineup, it was nice to see how difficult it was for the Angels to square him up:
That’s a few too many foul balls for anyone’s liking, though 7 (!) of them came in the first at-bat of the game, when Brian Goodwin walked after 12 pitches. Sevy pretty much took control thereafter.
What a fantastic return. I already can’t wait to see him pitch again.
To no one’s surprise, the savages wanted in on the fun. Tonight was unequivocally all about the Yankees’ ace, but the bats didn’t want to be left out. They bludgeoned
Anaheim’s Los Angeles’s pitching staff and continued to kick them while they were down.
The Bombers got on the board in the second inning against Noé Ramirez. Well, sort of. The two runs the Yankees scored that inning were his runners, but José Suárez inherited them with the score still 0-0. When Suárez entered, there were runners on first and second with nobody out. He immediately struck out Brett Gardner, but his good fortune stopped there. Gio Urshela singled and Cameron Maybin doubled to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. After that, it could have gotten worse. He loaded the bases with two out and Aaron Judge up, but escaped on a lazy fly to center.
The offense really kicked into gear in the fourth frame when the Yankees scored six more times. Suárez was still in and allowed two singles sandwiched between the first two outs of the frame. Things unraveled afterward. Here’s how:
- DJ LeMahieu RBI single, 3-0 Yankees. Cameron Maybin to second base.
- Aaron Judge walks to load the bases.
- Didi Gregorius hits two-run double, 5-0 Yankees. Judge to third.
- Gleyber Torres delivered the finisher:
That thing was about as majestic as it gets:
The dinger made it 8-0. With that, the Yankees had scored six more runs and all with two outs.
The Yankees didn’t score again the rest of the way, but they didn’t need to.
- The Yankees’ magic number to clinch the AL East is now 2. It could get down to 1 depending on the result of tonight’s Dodgers-Rays game. Either way, the Yankees could pop the bubbly as soon as tomorrow!
- YES showed a few shots of Cameron Maybin grimacing and flexing his wrist. It’s the same wrist that limited him in late August and early September. He my have aggravated in pursuit of a foul ball as he braced himself against the wall. Nonetheless, he did go two-for-three with a single, double, and walk.
- Jonathan Loaisiga did a nice job in relief of Severino. In two innings, Loaisiga fanned three and only allowed one baserunner (a walk). He’s been a little up-and-down this season, but it’s easy to see his potential. I think there’s a strong chance he’s in the October bullpen.
- Stephen Tarpley made his first appearance since August 10th. He had been on the injured list with an elbow impingement. The lefty looked pretty good in his first inning of work but ran out of gas after. His line: 1 1/3 innings, 3 hits, and 4 strikeouts. Can he sneak onto the postseason roster like he did last year?
These two teams are at it again tomorrow. Same time, same place. And folks, I just realized that tomorrow could be CC Sabathia’s final appearance at Yankee Stadium (at least in the regular season). Things could get a little dusty in Yankee Stadium tomorrow. Have a good night everyone.