Luis Severino is not right. He hasn’t been right since he shut down the Red Sox on July 1st. Since then, he has surrendered a horrifying 30 earned runs over his last seven starts. We have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for him to right the ship, but it hasn’t happened yet. Is he fatigued? Possibly. The Yankees don’t plan on skipping any of his starts for now, though. He isn’t exactly helping the team win at the moment, so they might as well let him rest up and see if that helps. Or maybe good ol’ Sevy will show up for this afternoon’s outing against the Blue Jays.
He’ll take the mound against a right-hander named Sean Reid-Foley. Toronto called him up last week, and he has exactly one MLB start under his belt. He had an okay debut against the Royals, giving up three runs, walking three batters, and recording three strikeouts over five innings of work. As we know, hitting pitchers that they’ve never seen before isn’t exactly the Yankees’ strong suit. We’ll see how that goes.
As far as the lineups go, this is the best the Yankees have to offer at the moment. No sign of Shane Robinson, at least! On the other side, Billy McKinney is making his Blue Jays debut today. That kind of stings considering how much the Yankees could have used him...right after that trade went through. Oh well. I’m still holding out hope that they’ll pry Curtis Granderson away.
First pitch is technically scheduled for 1:05 ET, but it appears that the game won’t really start until around 1:25 because of the 1998 reunion. You can catch it on YES, MLB Network, or SNET. The game can also be heard on WFAN, WADO, and SN590.