An additional layer of confidence develops within the Yankees’ universe on the days that Luis Severino is scheduled to walk to the mound, and with good reason. More often than not, they have learned to count on a fast-paced evening from a right arm that has earned its place among the game’s elite.
Granted near-instant support as Aaron Hicks slugged the third pitch of the game over the center-field fence, Severino tallied nine strikeouts with a high-octane fastball-slider combination that stifled the Phillies over seven innings, leading the Yankees to a 6-0 Interleague victory on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
“Middle of the seventh, he’s still throwing 100 [mph],” Giancarlo Stanton said. “Usually you face those guys and they can only go for one or two innings. He’s got closer stuff. He’s got some of the best stuff in the game for 100, 110 pitches. It’s going to be a tough day for the opposition when he’s up.”
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