TORONTO – Look, it helps if you do not even start to sweat and you've got a 2-0 lead. It helps to be remembered – if all are remembered in baseball – the Yankees have a chance to hit, give or take anywhere between a trillion and a gazillion runs this year.
"I'm happy these guys are here," I'm happy I do not have to face these guys, "Severino added smartly.
Every fifth day you can believe these guys – the" big hairy monster "" As Brian Cashman has always called the Yankees' most powerful power hacker – the feeling will gladly reciprocate. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and the rest of the gang will be happy to play behind Luis Severino.
And be happy as hell, they do not have to face him either.
"I just tried hitting the glove," said Severino.
Sounds easy. But after the many squats and indifferent blows the Blue Jays hit on Thursday, the ball makes a bit more after he leaves Severinos' finger and before jumping into Sanchez's glove.
"Severino was the story," Jay's manager John Gibbons said after seeing his team crushed in a 6-1
It is OK that Stanton fulfilled his mission on Thursday and pulverized a pair of homeruns who defied the explanation and tried to resist gravity. It's all right that this will be the manifestation of all the raw power that the Yankees hold all spring about which some people want to speak in the wake of the opening day.
This offense will allow the Yankees to be damned nearly unbeatable on many days and nights over the next six months.
But if you combine this hit sequence with what Severino brings to the table every five days … what you have is downright frightening. Bulletproof, even.
Severino threw 91 plots of 5 ² / ₃ innings, allowed a soft hit (a scratch single by Curtis Granderson in the fourth) and three walks, and crossed seven. He stuck mainly to fastballs (42 of them) and sliders (44), which makes perfect sense, considering he averaged 97.9 mph on the radiators (and hit 100 once) and the slider was sharp enough to make most Jays look helpless
He caused 10 vibrations and failures. It felt twice as strong, especially because the Jays hits were both ready to hand in their retirement papers as they stepped back to the shelter.
And after Sanchez, the Severino was not even at its best. 19659002] "The slider stayed in the strike zone more than usual," said the catcher.
Yes. These are the times when you can really allow your imagination to get ahead of you, free and wild, unbridled by the logic of the long baseball season. First, it was the opening day, and until you actually lose a game, everything seems possible – and everything – possible.
These are the days when you saw the baseballs that flew from Stanton's thugs and those who danced from Severino's fingers, and you realize what is achievable for this team. We already knew what Severino could do, of course, because he did it so many times last year when he was in the Cy Young conversation with a 2.98 ERA at the age of 23, when he was 14-6 years old ,
Fueled by the confidence accumulated until 2017, Severino volunteered for work in 2018, he wanted to get the opening nap, and did, and if there was a trace of anxiety in his system, he did it damn good to camouflage him.
I was very quiet, "he said," It was not that bad. It was not as much pressure as the playoffs. "
It helps to have a 2-0 lead early on, but it really helps to have the Arsenal Severino, the offense is not the only reason to stay locked in your seat, because you never know when Severino with his right arm will deliver the kind of magic, the other with their bats.
When that happens? 19659002] Everything – and everything – is possible.