He struck out five in seven shutout innings while allowing eight hits in a no-decision.
Luis Severino's final line:
7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Jonathan Loaisiga enters.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 23, 2022
The Yankees lost 5-0, but it was in no way Severino’s fault.
In fact, slowly but surely, he seems to be getting more and more comfortable with a full starter’s workload after missing the better part of the last three seasons with various injuries.
Right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and a Grade 2 lat strain robbed him most of the 2019 season, while Tommy John surgery erased his 2020 and part of his 2021.
When he seemed ready to return in June last year, he suffered a significant groin strain that delayed his debut.
Severino has had a rough time with injuries, but at the moment, he feels confident on the mound.
Severino Is Rolling And, Most Importantly, Healthy
For the season, he has a 3.02 ERA in 41.2 frames, with a solid 24.4 strikeout rate, which is very good for a starter.
More importantly, he has reported no issues with his surgically-repaired elbow, his groin, or his shoulder.
The Yankees will have the difficult task of keeping him healthy while closely monitoring his workload.
Before 2022, he had pitched just 18 innings between 2019 and 2021.
In 2017 and 2018, however, Sevy was one of the best starters in the American League.
He accumulated 450 strikeouts in those two years, and finished with a 2.98 ERA in 2017 and a 3.39 mark in 2018.
He surpassed 190 innings in each of those years.
In 2022, the Yankees will likely keep him more in the 150 range than 190 when it comes to innings pitched, but it will be a challenge because they need him to win the division.
All things considered, Severino is back to his best version, and the Yankees couldn’t be more happy.