This was a game that the Yankees were not supposed to win. They used up a lot of the bullpen last night, and the starter, Bryan Mitchell, was just off the DL. He didn’t pitch too many games in the minors, and you wondered if he had enough games in and was stretched out enough to face a tough Toronto lineup in his first MLB appearance of the season.
He was superb, giving the Yanks just what they needed. 5 innings of shutout baseball. Luis Severino was superb in relief (more on that later), and Tyler Clippard closed out the 2-0 Yankees win.
Best of all, the Yankees picked up ground on those they need to pass. Baltimore lost. So did Detroit. So did Houston. All in all, a wonderful night for the Yanks.
As for Severino, what about him and his starter/relief splits this year?
As a starter: 0-8, 8.58. Just horrible.
As a reliever: 2-0, 0.00. Let me repeat that ERA. 14 1/3 IP in relief. 0.00.
I mean, HUH?
This isn’t to say that the Yanks should give up on him as a starter right now. After all, he is just 22. But if he doesn’t develop into a good starter, putting him into the bullpen wouldn’t be a bad idea. After all, Mariano Rivera and Dellin Betances were and are failed starters, and Severino has been dominant in relief, and a bust as a starter this season.
The Yanks got both of their runs in the third inning. Castro homered (20), then Didi doubled, Teix walked and McCann ripped an RBI single. All this happened with two out.
The win puts the Yanks at 73-65. They still have to pass three teams to get a playoff spot, but are now just 2 1/2 games out of that spot.
Mitchell (w, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 0 R, 4 h, 2 walks, 2 K. 1st MLB game this year.
Severino (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 6.44. See the splits above.
Clippard (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.19 (AZ/NYY)