Despite his well-documented second half-match, Luis Severino has just re-entered the Wild Card image.
We all know the story of the New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino season. On July 1, he led the American league with a 1.98 ERA and was undoubtedly AL Cy Young's favorite. Everything went down after it, because Severino's ERA had been blown up to 3.46 before his Wednesday start against Boston Red Sox.
This trip would be important to the young right-hand man, because Yankees had treated September as an audition for who would get the ball to launch the Wild Card game. Severino had to get up and the boy ever did.
The 24-year-old beat a pearl against the best crime in baseball, driving seven strong efforts. He beat six ̵
Now, just two weeks from the AL Wild Card Game, Yankee's manager Aaron Boone has an even harder decision to make.
Severino had gradually removed from the picture with his other half thumb, as Masahiro Tanaka and JA Happ appeared as favorites. Tanaka has been particularly unattainable late because he has risen to a minimum of 0.43 ERA with 24 strikeouts in his last three starts.
Happ has been an anchor in the rotation since he first sat on the pinstripes and sent a 6-0 record with a 2.39 ERA. He dominates Red Sox in his career, but then Aaron Boone can be lured to save him for a two-star role in a potential ALDS matchup with Boston.
Because of this dominant performance from Severino, Boone can be tempted by the incredible resurrection of his troubled ace.
But when he considers Severino's many blowouts in the last two months – and last year's Wild Card game – is the face worth it?