NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12 ERA) wants his first win? He’ll have to go through the undefeated Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA) and the White Sox. Severino’s last outing against Boston was a bit of a mystery. He matched his career high with nine strikeouts, but gave up three homers through 6.2 innings. His offense has given him just four runs of support over his six starts this year, but he isn’t helping his own cause. He has allowed five homers in his last 12.2 innings.
“He’s competing and battling, and he’s dealing with struggles for an extended period of time for the first time in his career,” Brian Cashman said. “From his direct report, Larry Rothschild says he’s encouraged by how he’s fighting through it and the steps he’s taken to get through it. We’ll be looking forward to him coming out on the other end sooner than later.”
There isn’t much to say about Sale, other than wow. He has gotten the win in every start he’s made this season, and hasn’t given up more than three runs. He allowed two runs on three hits with nine K’s in his last start against the Twins. Despite leading the AL in wins, the dominant pitcher thinks there is room to improve.
“If you ask anybody who’s done anything, world champions, boxers, heavyweight title guys, Cy Youngs, whoever, everyone’s always trying to do better than the last time out,” Sale said. “It might not be anything specifically that you work on, it might not be this one thing that I’m trying to get better at than it is as a whole process. You’re trying to move forward.”
He faced the Yanks last September, surprisingly taking the loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits across seven innings.
Gary Sanchez has been called up, seemingly only for this series.
Opponents are batting .165 against Sale.
The Yankees won three of four at home against the White Sox last September.