S.T. Game 29. Severino’s performance raises questions in Yanks’ 3-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry for the late report, I was dead tired when I got home last night and even though I wanted to catch UCLA-Kentucky basketball, I fell asleep and didn’t go anywhere or meet friends at a club or do anything last night.

The Yanks scored two in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Phillies Friday, 3-2, to raise their spring training record to 21-7-1.

The main thing for me about this game is the role of Luis Severino. Severino is just 23, so it’s a bit early to decide starter or reliever for him, but the Yankees have to be wondering.

Last year, 11 games as a starter: 0-8, 8.50.
Last year, 11 games as a reliever: 3-0, 0.39.

This spring, Severino has been inconsistent as a starter, and that is one reason why the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation are still up for grabs, and why Jordan Montgomery is a surprise contender for one of those spots.

Now even though Severino has been inconsistent as a starter this spring, he was once again lights out in relief yesterday. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 strikeouts.9 Up, 9 Down.

At some point, you have to wonder about his role. The numbers aren’t lying. If Severino wants to start, his numbers as a starter have to start becoming more like his numbers as a reliever.

There has been a drastic difference between the two. The numbers don’t lie.

CC Sabathia started the game and was in and out of trouble. He gave up just 2 runs in 5 1/3 but was in and out of trouble. He did minimize the damage, and Aaron Judge helped by throwing out a runner at the plate. Chase Headley also helped on a forceout at the plate. The Phillies got both of their runs in the second.

The Yanks got a run in the third on a Brett Gardner RBI single.

In the ninth, the minor leaguers won it for the Yanks. Abiatal Avelino singled to start the inning. Wilkin Castillo doubled to tie the game, and after two out, Trey Amburgey singled to win it.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1 HBP.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Severino (w) 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 5 K.

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