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Daily Dose: Severino K's 200th

Monday, September 4, 2017


Luis Severino was always a very highly thought of prospect, and after dominating in the minor leagues he went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA and 8.09 K/9 over 11 starts with the Yankees to end the 2015 season.

 

He was a very popular name in fantasy drafts and considered by many to be a budding ace for the Yankees' rotation heading into the 2016 season at the ripe old age of 22. Unfortunately, he stumbled to the tune of a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 71 innings which included 11 starts and 11 appearances out of the bullpen he had been banished to.

 

Heading into 2017, the opinions on him were all over the map. Some believed that improving his fastball command and adding a quality third pitch could lead to sustained success in a big league rotation. Others thought his stuff would play best out of the bullpen in a high-leverage role late in the game.

 

The Yankees ultimately decided to keep him as a starting pitcher and he had to really battle this spring to earn a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation. 

 

It sure looks as though they made the right decision.

 

Severino was in dominant form on Sunday night, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings in a victory against their hated rivals from Boston. The right-hander allowed just one unearned run on two hits in the ballgame and didn't walk a batter.

 

With the victory, he now sits at 12-6 on the season with a 3.03 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 201/45 K/BB ratio across 169 1/3 innings. 

 

When Severino fanned Sandy Leon in the fifth inning, it gave him 200 strikeouts for the season. He became just the second pitcher in Yankees' history to reach that milestone at the age of 23 or younger, joining Al Downing who did so in 1964.

 

He's the first pitcher in the American League to do so since Mariners' right-hander Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat in 2009.

 

Severino has now whiffed nine or more batters in seven of his last 13 starts. He ranks sixth in all of baseball with 201 K's, trailing only Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Chris Archer, Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom.

 

In a rotation that boasts Sonny Gray, Masahiro Tanaka and a resurgent C.C. Sabathia, it's Severino who has assumed the mantle as the ace of the staff and the one who should get the ball if the Yankees win one of the Wild Card spots in the American League and their entire season comes down to one game.

 

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Just Keep Winning, Just Keep Winning

 

The Cleveland Indians entered a four-game weekend set against the Tigers riding the momentum of an eight-game winning streak. They leave Motown clicking on all cylinders and playing their best baseball of the season after sweeping the four-game series and outscoring the Tigers 29-5.

 

The Indians are now winners of 11 consecutive games and have opened up a nine game lead over the Twins in the race for the American League Central Division crown.

 

Jose Ramirez carried the load for the Indians offensively on Sunday, going 5-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three doubles. Each of his home runs were unique as well, in that they were aided by the opposition.

 

His first shot, a solo drive to left field in the top of the first inning, bounced off the top of the wall and was mistakenly tipped over the fence by Mikie Mahtook as he attempted to field it and throw the ball back in.

 

In the sixth inning, Ramirez was again the beneficiary of good fortune as Alex Presley attempted to make a leaping catch at the right field wall, but the ball hit off of his glove before going into the stands.

 

Sunday marked the third time this season that Ramirez had homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, a new Indians' franchise record.

 

With his five-hit effort, Ramirez is now hitting .310/.362/.554 with 22 homers, 89 runs scored, 66 RBI and 15 stolen bases on the season. He has 74 extra-base hits, which is the top mark in all of baseball.

 

The Indians will look to run their winning streak to 12 games when they open a four-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Monday. Trevor Bauer will take the hill against veteran right-hander James Shields.

 

The Indians aren't the only club that has been stockpiling victories over the past week and a half, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been doing so as well.

 

On Sunday, the Diamondbacks topped the Rockies 5-1, sweeping a three-game set at Coors Field to run their winning streak to 10 games.

 

In doing so, they increased their advantage on the top Wild Card berth in the National League to 6 1/2 games.

 

Their current winning streak is their second longest in franchise history behind a 12-game streak that they had in June of 2013.

 

After winning four one-run games in their first five games of the streak, the Diamondbacks outscored the Rockies by a convincing 20-8 mark over the weekend.

 

Zach Godley fired six innings of one-run ball to earn the victory on Sunday while Brandon Drury paced the offensive attack with a two-run homer.

 

The Diamondbacks travel to Los Angeles on Monday where they'll open a three-game set against the Dodgers. The D'Backs swept them already in Arizona last week and will be looking to continue their dominance on the road. Robbie Ray will be taking the hill for the Snakes against Rich Hill.

 

 

Passing Piazza

 

Cody Bellinger etched his name further into the Dodgers' record books on Sunday with his solo blast off of Brad Hand in the ninth inning of a loss to the Padres.

 

With his 36th home run of the season, Bellinger now holds the record for most long balls hit by a Dodgers' rookie in a single season. The previous record holder, Mike Piazza, crushed 35 homers while taking home National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1993. That's an award that will soon be on Bellinger's mantle as well.

 

The next record that he's likely to take over is the National League rookie home run mark, set by Frank Robinson with 38 during the 1956 season with the Reds. That mark ties him with Wally Berger (1950) and Aaron Judge (2017) as the second highest total of all-time. He'll have to get incredibly hot over the final month of the regular season in order to challenge the Major League record of 49 that Mark McGwire slugged with the Athletics in 1987. 

 

Bellinger and Judge are the first pair of rookies in MLB history to hit 35 or more home runs in the same season.

 

If it weren't for some exceptional seasons that are being had across the National League, Bellinger may also find himself in consideration for the National League MVP award. He'll carry some votes, sure, but that race looks to be narrowed down to Giancarlo Stanton and Paul Goldschmidt at this stage.

 

 

American League Quick Hits: Lance McCullers (back) will rejoin the Astros' rotation on Wednesday in Seattle... Felix Hernandez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Monday and a simulated game on September 8. If all goes well, he'll then be cleared to rejoin the Mariners' rotation... Chris Archer (forearm) could be cleared to play catch on Monday if Dr. Coco Eaton determines that his arm issue is muscular, not structural... Miguel Sano (shin) will not travel with the Twins during their upcoming road trip. While he has reported improvement, he's still at least a week away from a potential return... Yulieski Gurriel (knee) is expected to return to the Astros' lineup on Monday... The Yankees placed Aaron Hicks on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain... Yunel Escobar (oblique) will resume swinging a bat on Monday... Jarrod Dyson missed Sunday's game with a groin injury and won't play on Monday either... Jordan Montgomery will start in place of Jaime Garcia for the Yankees on Monday... Clint Frazier (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday... Xander Bogaerts sat out his third consecutive game on Sunday in order to clear his head... Luis Giolito delivered another outstanding effort with 10 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Rays... Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the White Sox beat the Rays... Mark Trumbo delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning to beat the Blue Jays... Josh Donaldson swatted his 25th home run in the defeat... Brandon Maurer notched his first save as a member of the Royals with Kelvin Herrera unavailable... George Springer crushed his 31st homer in a win over the Mets... Elvis Andrus belted two home runs in a win over the Angels. He now has 18 home runs on the year, surpassing his total from the previous three seasons combined... Andrew Albers fired six innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Athletics... Mitch Haniger and Robinson Cano each went 4-for-5 with homers in the M's win... Justin Upton was forced to leave Sundays' game for a pinch runner to do cramping in his hip from dehydration.


National League Quick Hits: Josh Harrison landed on the 10-day DL with a fractured metacarpal in his left hand. The injury is likely to end his season... Matt Wieters missed his third consecutive game due to back tightness... The Braves are expected to call-up pitching prospect Luiz Gohara on Tuesday... Freddie Freeman is set to have his left wrist examined when the club returns home on Monday. While he isn't feeling any pain in the wrist, Freeman believes his strength is being limited and the Braves want to ensure there isn't anything wrong structurally... Javier Baez was forced to leave Sunday's game after taking a knee to the head on a stolen base attempt. While he experienced blurry vision, Baez did not suffer a concussion. He's considered day-to-day... Trevor Williams fired seven shutout innings in a victory over the Reds... Ryan Zimmerman clubbed his 30th home run in a loss to the Brewers... Domingo Santana belted a pair of home runs and swiped a base as the Brewers topped the Nationals. He has now hit nine home runs on Sunday's this season... Max Fried allowed one run on four hits and three walks as he beat the Cubs in his big league debut... Amed Rosario is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his finger came back negative... Harrison Bader homered for the second straight game as the Cardinals beat the Giants... Jhoulys Chacin struck out eight over seven innings of two-run baseball in a win against the Dodgers. 



Dave Shovein is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveShovein.
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