The last time we saw Luis Severino on the mound, he took a shellacking in Game Three of the ALDS. He lasted three innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits. You may remember that as the game that saw Austin Romine pitch in mop-up duty. Yuck.
In the months since, Severino adjusted his training regimen, overhauled his diet, and signed a $40 million extension with the Yankees. In other words, he has a clean slate. The memories of the downward spiraling second half and postseason are just that - memories. He gets to turn the page, to author a new chapter, and it all begins today.
A representative lineup will play behind Severino. If you swap out Aaron Hicks for Estevan Florial, you probably have the Opening Day starting nine. Maybe add Brett Gardner to the mix. How about that? It looks pretty good to me.
The Braves brought an interesting group to Tampa, too:
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM. You can watch on YES, listen along to WFAN, or stream with MLB.tv. Go Yankees!