Luis Severino made a very good first impression in his Major League debut last week. The Yankees are hoping for an encore this weekend in Cleveland. Price Per Head Agents have the Yanks at 10/1 to win it all. They’ve been a pleasant surprise this year with the resurgence of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.
But they are not alone, the Toronto Blue Jays are breathing down their necks for the AL East and odds makers like PPH Bookie Service have the Jays at 15/2. Severino is wildly considered the Yankees’ best prospect. Against the Red Sox he gave up just two hits and two runs over five innings at Yankee Stadium. He also struck out seven while posting fastballs in the mid-to-upper 90’s.
“I think it shows you he’s pretty mature for his age,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday when asked about Severino. “That’s what you want, guys to be able to handle situations, things that are thrown in front of them. So that part I’m really encouraged about. You have a feeling about a person, and you hope your feeling is right.”
The Yankees are all in with Severino as they declined trades for David Price and Cole Hamels. He is going to be an intrical part of a pennant race for the Bombers. “I’m trying to work on certain pitches and trying to not make any mistakes,” Severino said through a translator. “I feel comfortable. I’m trying to keep my change-up low.”
Severino who watched video of his previous start felt he was trying to make perfect pitches. “I think it slows down a bit for him,” Girardi said. “The requests probably slow down a little bit. Obviously, whenever you’re making your first start in the big leagues, I think you probably get a ton of phone calls. People want to join in and be a part of it. And you’re excited over it, you start reminiscing about all the things you’ve done to get there, how important is to you. And I think things just start to slow down a bit, and it’s probably more of a normal week [before your next start].”
Girardi said Severino, who went 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is making the adjusting to the big leagues.
“I think it takes time to build a rapport and maybe what some of the signs that he gives off intentionally or unintentionally are, that sort of thing,” Girardi said.
“Understanding what pitches he likes to go with in certain situations, yeah, it’s something you have to go through. It takes catchers time to get familiar with pitchers. There are some things that you have to go through.”