If this keeps up, Luis Severino is going to find himself in the starting rotation to start the season— at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
No fastball command. No shot.
The young right-hander was a mess on the mound Sunday in the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, allowing eight base runners in 3 ¹/₃ innings, six hits, two walks and three runs. He is fighting for a rotation spot and took a big step backward, admitting he must find a way to deal with the “pressure’’ of starting so he can command his fastball.
When manager Joe Girardi was asked if Severino could find himself at Triple-A to work out his issues, he said, “That’s the million-dollar question and we’re going to have to talk about it. You talk about trying to finish off people’s development but you also talk about winning.’’
Severino, 23, must be better.
“Bad command, I was missing a lot,’’ Severino said. “My fastball was way better last time. I throw a couple down [in the zone] but I was trying too hard to make the perfect pitch.’’
In 11 games as a starter with the Yankees last season, Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA. In 11 games as a reliever, he was 3-0 with an 0.39 ERA.
Severino said he gets in trouble when he rushes.
“I have to practice more in the bullpen,’’ he said of repeating his delivery and not rushing. “Sometimes the pressure of the game, you start thinking about that. I have to keep working.’’
Severino owns a 5.08 ERA this spring.