Yankees best choices for assembling a playoff pitching rotation
ALDS Game 3
Now comes the ace of the staff. Luis Severino should get the nod for Game 3.
Pitching in the Bronx over Fenway favors Severino more than it would Happ or Lynn.
Both Happ and Lynn are on their third-plus team, while Severino has only ever known pinstripes. While not in the box score, this experience to pitch in harsh and somewhat unknown environments could play a factor.
Severino’s career ERA at Fenway Park is 4.75 in 30.1 innings pitched with just 24 strikeouts. Not impressive. And this season, Sevy has pitched four games against the Red Sox. Two in Boston and two in New York.
Guess which two resulted in Yankee wins? That’s right, the two games at home, 3-2 and 11-1 victories over the rival Sox. The two away games? 10.2 total innings, nine earned runs, six walks and a boat-load of hits.
That is why I suggest Severino start his Postseason in the Bronx.
Severino is also a right-handed pitcher, just like Lynn, which could force the Red Sox to play Mitch Moreland in place of Steve Pearce, the Yankee Killer. It’s a relieving sentiment — in that during his career versus the Yankees, Pearce has hit 14 home runs, supported by a .286/.370/.662 slash line.
This is the best way to guarantee a win for Severino during this series. And with the Yanks best pitcher going third, they not only know their best pitcher will be going this series but can also hope to be up in the series by Game 4.