Quick Hit: Severino’s Changing Approach?

In the recap this morning, I hinted at a potential change in Luis Severino’s approach over his last few starts.  He’s been much lower on strikeouts and higher on GB contact, and he made a comment about being more of a pitcher than a thrower before his last outing against Toronto in reference to that one bad outing earlier in the month.  It all adds up to a guy who’s starting to realize the differences between what does and doesn’t work when you go from Triple-A to the Majors and adjusting his approach accordingly.

A quick look at the differences in pitch usage provide some supporting evidence to this theory.  Here’s the breakdown of pitches over Severino’s first 8 Major League starts, courtesy of Texas Leaguers (Brooks hasn’t added their pitch data from yesterday’s start):

Severino Pitch Breakdown 8-9-15

TL reads more cutters and 2-seamers than Brooks, but it’s a real heavy dose of fastball-slider with a small side salad of changeups.  Compare that to his pitch usage in his last 2 starts:

Severino Pitch Breakdown Last 2 Starts 15

That’s a little more balanced.  …

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Random thoughts about life, baseball, moons and dugout kerfuffles

Good morning everyone. It’s random thoughts time (because I cannot come up with anything else to write about today)!

Ready, set, go!

  • The Yankees won three out of four against the White Sox and their magic number is actually down to two so they could clinch a playoff spot if they beat the Red Sox tonight and either A’s beat Angels or Mariners beat Astros.
  • Nice!
  • I still think it’s funny that there are people in Yankeeland who think the Yankees still have a chance to win the division.
  • Have they not seen how Toronto has been playing since the trade deadline?
  • They’re unconscious. (Toronto, not those fans.)
  • And it’s perfectly okay that the Yankees aren’t winning the division.
  • Would I have liked to have seen them win it? Of course.
  • With regards to winning a division, how about those Mets?
  • I’m happy for my friends who are Mets fans.
  • But not that happy…
  • Let’s talk about Saturday, shall we?
  • I attended a charity event that’s held every year in my town and saw some former players.
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Game 155 Recap: Yankees 6 White Sox 1

Noel-Headley vs CHW

Rico Noel stuntin’ in his pinch runner shades. Courtesy of Getty Images

I said before I left for the weekend that the Yanks taking 3 of 4 against the White Sox would be great, and lo and behold that’s exactly what they went out and did.  They locked up the final win of the series with another strong team pitching performance and some late offensive insurance.

In typical 2015 Yankee fashion, they came out and scored quickly in the top of the 1st.  Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff walk, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran reaching on back-to-back Jose Abreu errors, Brian McCann sac fly.  I don’t even know if that counts as manufacturing runs because of the 2 errors, but I’ll take it.  Of course, in keeping with the “typical 2015 Yankee fashion” theme, they failed to add any more runs in that inning and went dormant through the next 4 innings despite creating plenty of opportunities against Chicago starter Erik Johnson.…

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Game 155: Johnson vs. Severino

Welcome to the game thread!

Adam Eaton DH
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Trayce Thompson CF
J.B. Shuck RF
Mike Olt 3B
Rob Brantly C
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Tyler Saladino SS

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Slade Heathcott RF
Brendan Ryan 3B

Enjoy the game!

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Game 154 Quick Recap: Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Hooray! A victory!

I didn’t see any of this game either but it was for a good reason. I was attending a charity event and hanging out with this guy.


Yes, that’s friend of the blog, David Cone, and I can call him that since he was nice enough to give us a shout out on YES last season.

Anyway, I was getting updates on my phone – so was my brother – and when I saw that Chase Headley hit the double to tie the game and A-Rod hit the double to get the lead, I was pretty happy.

I was also happy to see that the Yankees held onto the lead and didn’t give up any stupid late home runs. Good job, guys!

And Adam Warren pitched a good game which is nice. He needed it.

Now, win the damn game tomorrow so that magic number can shrink even more!

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Game 154: Danks vs. Warren

Welcome to today’s game thread!


Eaton CF
Abreu 1B
Cabrera LF
Thompson RF
LaRoche DH
Ramirez SS
Olt 3B
Flowers C
Sanchez 2B

Danks P

Ellsbury CF
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
McCann C
Young LF
Bird 1B
Gregorius SS
Refsnyder 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Game 153 Quick Recap: White Sox 5, Yankees 2


I’m not going to pretend and say I watched this game. I didn’t. I was keeping track on Twitter and all I know is the Yankees hit into about 300 double plays and couldn’t take advantage of a pitcher really trying to help them score by walking them.

How annoying.

Also annoying, CC Sabathia giving up home runs to Mike Olt and Gordan Beckham. And Olt’s went a long way into left field.

And even more annoying? Chasen Shreve seems to have lost the ability to pitch. Either that, or he never could and the league is catching up to him.

Anyway, today’s game isn’t until 4:05 so we have time to prepare ourselves for the Danks/Warren matchup. Let’s hope the Yankees can score some runs against a dude with a 7-13 record and a 4.59 ERA.

Great, now he’ll pitch a one-hit shutout. Sorry, everyone.

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Game 153: Sabathia vs. Rodon

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees
Adam Eaton, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Jose Abreu, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Trayce Thompson, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Melky Cabrera, LF Carlos Beltran, RF
Avisail Garcia, DH John Ryan Murphy, C
Alexei Ramirez, SS Chris Young, LF
Mike Olt, 3B Gregory Bird, 1B
Tyler Flowers, C Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Gordon Beckham, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Rodon, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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A year ago tonight…


Me holding dad’s hand

[Throughout the course of the day, you may see a lot of stuff on social media about Derek Jeter’s last at bat at Yankee Stadium because if you can believe it, it happened a year ago tonight.]

A year ago tonight, I was with my father in his hospital room, watching the Yankee game. I made it a point to be with him that night because I figured who better to watch Derek Jeter’s last home game with than my dad. He was the one who introduced to baseball when I was a little girl, and he was the one who turned me into the rabid Yankee fan I am today. Dad wasn’t feeling well that day and had a fever, but he was able to see Jeter’s double in the first inning. He even pointed at the TV as Jeter made it to second base. He fell asleep sometime in the second inning and didn’t wake up again until about 30 minutes after Jeter’s walk off, but I held his hand almost the entire time.…

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