This time last year, commentators and fans alike debated whether Luis Severino belonged in the rotation or bullpen. The young right-hander answered that by establishing himself as one of the best starting pitchers in the American League. On Wednesday night, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America confirmed that, announcing Severino placed third in the Cy Young Award voting.
Severino had a tremendous 2017 season. He went 14 - 6, pitching to a 2.98 ERA over 193.1 innings. His peripherals jumped off the page, too. He owned a 3.07 FIP with a dynamite 10.71 K/9. The most exciting part? Severino was remarkably consistent across the year. He was the Yankees’ best starting pitcher from April through September.
For his part, Severino looked back on the campaign fondly. "Every time they give me the ball, I just go over there and have fun," he told reporters. "It's been a great season." Somehow that undersells how impressive he was.
Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber took home first place honors, while Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale finished second. Severino marks the first time a Yankees pitcher placed third in the Cy Young voting since CC Sabathia back in 2010. It’s pretty exciting that the Bombers have such an impressive young, frontline starter.
Awards season wraps up tomorrow night with the Most Valuable Player announcement. Aaron Judge has a legitimate chance to take home some more hardware. Cross your fingers. So far so good though for the Yankees!