Chris Archer ain’t nothing. Yankees have faced him twice in the last 10 days and beaten him both times. If only they could have won a few more games against other pitchers in that timespan. Archer got outdueled by Luis Severino last night as the Yankees rode their blue chipper’s right arm, Greg Bird’s bat, and the bullpen A-Team to a much needed series victory.
Severino struggled to his spots and keep his fastball out of the middle part of the strike zone his last time out against the Blue Jays. He didn’t have those same struggles last night and the aggressive Tampa lineup just plain couldn’t keep up with his stuff. He was working 96-97 with his fastball and low 90s with his slider, and he seemed to make his best pitches when he was on the verge of getting into trouble. He stranded 2 after a leadoff double and a walk in the bottom of the 2nd, struck out 2 to strand a runner in the 4th, and worked out of a 1-out, runners on second and third jam in the 5th by inducing a weak groundout and a pop out to the catcher.… Click here to read the rest