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Friday, October 12, 2018

Yankees believe Luis Severino was tipping his pitches in ALDS, though there’s more to his struggles

Friday afternoon, one day before the Red Sox and Astros open the ALCS at Fenway Park, Yankees manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman will hold their annual end-of-season press conferences at Yankee Stadium. New York won 100 games this year, but a four-game ouster in the ALDS qualifies as a disappointing season.

Among the topics Boone and Cashman will surely be asked about: Luis Severino. The staff ace finished the regular season with a 3.39 ERA (129 ERA+) in 191 1/3 innings, which is obviously very good, though it was a tale of two halves for Severino. He was great before the All-Star break and terrible thereafter.

Severino was one of the best pitchers in baseball in the first half and one of the worst pitchers in baseball in the second half. The strikeout and walk rates held steady, so that’s good, but home runs shot up and Severino was more hittable in general. Severino’s fade is a big reason why the Yankees settled for a wild card spot rather than push the BoSox for the AL East title.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:41 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alds, luis severino, tipping

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   1. villageidiom Posted: October 12, 2018 at 09:03 AM (#5764999)
Severino’s fade is a big reason why the Yankees settled for a wild card spot rather than push the BoSox for the AL East title.
Boston was .694 (68-30) before the break, and .655 (36-19) in the second half until they clinched the division. The Yankees were .653 in the first half, and what they're saying is that Severino is the reason they didn't play the .737 ball they'd have needed to play after that. No, the reason they didn't play anywhere near .737 ball in the second half is that they weren't anywhere near a .737-ball quality team, even if everyone is healthy and Severino is doing well.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 12, 2018 at 09:06 AM (#5765002)
I think it's fair to think something was up with Severino. As vi notes they weren't catching the Sox but he definitely was a different pitcher in the second half.
   3. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: October 12, 2018 at 10:51 AM (#5765066)
The Yankees were 6-6 in Severino starts in the second half, including 1-1 against the Red Sox. So assuming all else stays the same, even if they had gone undefeated in those games (which is a slightly unrealistic expectation), they would have ended up behind the Red Sox.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 12, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5765072)
"Tipping his pitches" seems to be quickly becoming the new go-to for "sucked in a key game."
   5. PreservedFish Posted: October 12, 2018 at 11:19 AM (#5765083)
The video in the link is pretty good - it's JBJ and Mookie very carefully watching Severino and covering their mouths to discuss what they saw.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 12, 2018 at 11:44 AM (#5765099)
it's JBJ and Mookie very carefully watching Severino and covering their mouths to discuss what they saw.

Looks to me like he's saying, "Check dat ass in the 2nd row behind the dugout. DAMN!"
   7. PreservedFish Posted: October 12, 2018 at 11:46 AM (#5765103)
I agree that that is possible.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:10 PM (#5765119)
They're having a covert belching contest.
   9. perros Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5765131)
Wonder how much fatigue -- and losing form on the windup -- plays in tipping pitches.
   10. rconn23 Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:29 PM (#5765133)
"Tipping his pitches" seems to be quickly becoming the new go-to for "sucked in a key game."

Agreed. Why hasn't this been used for David Price?
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:51 PM (#5765149)
Agreed. Why hasn't this been used for David Price?

Because he was really good in the 2nd half? Severino's issue is larger than one bad start.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:30 PM (#5765171)
Agreed. Why hasn't this been used for David Price?
It's already well-known that Price has tipped his pitches for years. He takes half an hour to throw a fastball, but only 28 minutes for a breaking ball.
   13. rconn23 Posted: October 12, 2018 at 04:00 PM (#5765277)
"Because he was really good in the 2nd half? Severino's issue is larger than one bad start."

I was joking.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: October 12, 2018 at 05:18 PM (#5765336)
Maybe that was Trachsel's genius. You'd wait so long between pitches that not only was it impossible for you to pick up on anything he might be doing to tip his pitches, you'd have long forgotten what the previous pitch was.

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