Luis Severino may have been touted as the "next big thing" too soon. Maybe it was the pressure of the Yankee fan base that forced Cashman's hand. Maybe Cashman and Yankee brass really thought he would be amazing. And he still may be, but there is something very suspect about the way this guy pitches suddenly. He's not Cy Young... he's not Stephen Strasburg... I don't even think he's Mr. Tobe, the old man that used the live down the street from my grandmother's house in old Whitestone growing up.
(In Photo: Not actually Mr. Tobe)
Tobe was known to play a great baseball game back in the day...
Bottom line, the pressure appears enormous, and I just don't know what to think about Luis Severino right about now.
The New York Times maps out the night:
"Severino departed in the third inning after being bombarded in his shortest outing of the season. But that may not have been the gloomiest news for Severino, the 22-year-old starter who fell to 0-6 with a 7.46 E.R.A. in the Yankees’ 7-1 loss.
After allowing a two-run homer to Jimmy Rollins, Severino threw one pitch to Jose Abreu before Manager Joe Girardi and the trainer Steve Donohue came out of the dugout. Donohue walked off the mound with Severino as disgruntled fans jeered his effort — two and two-thirds innings, seven runs with seven hits, four walks and one hit batter.
The Yankees later announced that Severino experienced soreness on the back of his right elbow. Severino had a magnetic resonance imaging scan after the game, and he was found to have a mild right triceps strain. He will not pick up a baseball for five to seven days and be placed on the 15-day disabled list."
And so, now we lose another player. Maybe a player that isn't exactly outstanding, but still, touted as "The future". Sure, injury happens, and sure, pressure can beat young players some times. But you gotta wonder if this is the case of a kid trying to live up to what he's not, or if he just isn't there yet.
Whatever the case, Sevy is on the 15 day DL. What else can go wrong? Tell me.