Yankees’ Severino Looks For Redemption In Game 4 Of the ALDS

luis severino new york yankeesEvery remaining game for the New York Yankees in the A.LD.S is a must win and that probably should be considered a good thing as they improved to 2-0 in the postseason in elimination games by defeating the Cleveland Indians 1-0 in what was a game 3 nail-biter.

The Yankees had previously defeated the Minnesota Twins in the A.L Wild Card game 8-4 led by homers from Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, and Brett Gardner.

Today at Yankee Stadium the Bronx Bombers will try to force a decisive game 5. The Yankees have come back from a 2-0 hole in a best-of-five A.LD.S once before. It was in 2001 against the Oakland Athletics.

Just like this year, the Yankees won game 3 of that series 1-0 to jumpstart their postseason en route to a World Series berth. Although those Yankees lost in seven games, this year’s bunch would love an opportunity to get to the October Classic.

To earn that chance the Yankees first need to two more wins against the Indians, but it won’t be easy despite playing game 4 at home.

Game 4 starter Luis Severino must find a way to keep his emotions at bay after his game 1 collapse. Severino takes the mound after he lasted just a third of an inning in the Wild Card game against the Twins and gave up three runs.

Fortunately for the Yankees, Severino’s season performance paints a much brighter outlook. He had a 2.98 ERA with 230 strikeouts. He joined Roger Clemens as the only A.L pitcher in the last 41 years to finish the season with an ERA of three or lower and strike out more than 225 batters at age 23 or younger. Also, he made 16 starts in which he allowed one run or fewer.

Severino faced the Indians twice this year and held them to a .133 batting average. allowed four earned runs over 13.1 innings and struck 18 batters.

These young Yankees have earned valuable playoff experience by winning back-to-back elimination games and showed they are a resilient group that seems to be winning confidence. They know what the stakes are, but they also know what they’re capable of.

For the Indians, Trevor Bauer takes the mound. He was masterful in game 1 of this series as he struck eight batters in 6.2 innings of work. This will be his second start at Yankee Stadium in 2017, where he has a 1.50 ERA and limited opposing batters to a .190 average.

In two games against New York, this season Bauer has an ERA of 1.38 in 13 innings, with 11 strikeouts and a .229 batting average.

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