Severino to make next start against Indians
Not surprisingly, Luis Severino will remain in the Yankees rotation. Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged Thursday that the rookie righthander will make his next start Tuesday night at Cleveland when the Yankees begin a six-game trip that will continue to Toronto.
Severino displayed poise and confidence that belied his 21 years in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. Severino, who gave up two runs (one earned), five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in five innings, became the first American League pitcher in history with two or fewer hits, no walks and at least seven Ks in his major league debut. He was the sixth pitcher to do it in the modern era (since 1900), joining five from the National League: the Braves’ Manny Banuelos (5.2IP, 2H, 0BB, 7K July 2 this year against the Nationals); the Diamondbacks’ Max Scherzer (4.1IP, 0H, 0BB, 7K April 29, 2008 against the Astros); the Reds’ Johnny Cueto (7.0IP, 1H, 0BB, 10K April 3, 2008 against the D-backs); the Dodgers’ Pete Richert (3.1IP, 0H, 0BB, 7K April 12, 1962 against the Reds) and the Braves’ Don McMahon (4.0IP, 2H, 0BB, 7K June 30, 1957 against the Pirates).
Severino was the third pitcher in Yankees history to record at least seven strikeouts with no walks in his big-league debut. The others were Masahiro Tanaka (7.0IP, 0BB, 8K April 14 last year at Toronto) and Rich Beck (7.0IP, 0BB, 8K Sept. 14, 1965 at Washington). At 21 years, 166 days of age, Severino was the youngest pitcher to make a start in the majors this season and the youngest Yankees starter since Phil Hughes was 21 years, 95 days old in his final start of 2007. Severino was just the third Yankees pitcher over the past 51 seasons (since 1965) to make his major league debut in a start against the Red Sox along with Randy Keisler Sept. 10, 2000 at Boston and Sam Militello Aug. 9, 1992 at Yankee Stadium.
John Ryan Murphy, who caught Severino Wednesday night, was behind the plate again Thursday night for CC Sabathia. Murphy is getting the extra playing time while regular catcher Brian McCann nurses an inflamed left knee.
Murphy has hit safely in six consecutive starts since July 23. In eight games overall since that date, he is batting .458 in 24 at-bats to raise his season batting average from .247 to .297, the highest among active Yankees batters. Murphy has five multi-hit games in his past eight starts since July 8 after recording just three multi-hit games in his first 20 starts. He has the highest batting average among AL catchers with at least 100 at-bats. Yankees catchers have combined to hit .268 with 56 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs and 75 RBI in 396 at-bats. They lead major league catchers in RBI, are second in homers and fourth in OPS (.795).