Everybody knows the two keys for the New York Yankees to be successful in 2021. They need to stay healthy and the starting rotation needs to perform in October.
The regular season has hardly been a problem for the Bombers. They’ve weathered the injury storm for years now and have been able to get to the postseason with ease thanks to the offense.
But injuries have affected the rhythm of some players heading into the playoffs and the rotation was just never good enough to neutralize the top competition in the American League.
That could all change in 2021, however. Manager Aaron Boone said that this is the deepest group of arms the Yankees have had since his arrival, and Luis Severino appeared on the “Pinstripe Strong” podcast to inject more positivity into the fan base regarding the stable of pitchers.
Not only did Sevy give us an encouraging update on his recovery from Tommy John surgery — he said he “feels amazing” and that he’ll be on the mound within the next few weeks — but he pretty much went through the entire unit and spoke about how everyone will have some sort of impact.
Severino thinks that when he returns and if everyone stays healthy, the Yankees will have the best rotation in baseball.
Sevy touched on Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon and even mentioned Luis Medina, talking about the youngster’s impact in Puerto Rico this offseason. He said Medina has better stuff than he did at that age. He also hyped up Deivi Garcia, claiming the youngster looked like he’s been pitching in the big leagues for five years.
While the right-hander loves this group of pitchers and thinks they’ll elevate the Yankees higher than ever before, he hit us in our feels with his commentary on Masahiro Tanaka, who left the Bombers this offseason to return to Japan.
Please, we don’t want to think about this. At all. Everyone would’ve loved to kick Domingo German out of the rotation in favor of Masa, but we won’t get into that.
Perhaps the coolest part of the interview? Severino said that he loves being held accountable by the “tough” fans in the Bronx.
Hopefully they won’t be too tough on you this year, Sevy. It’s been a long journey for the right-hander, who battled injuries in 2019 and was limited to just a handful of starts before being hit with the devastating TJ news last February.
As long as the Yankees are getting healthy starts from the 27-year-old upon his return, this could truly be one of the deepest and fearsome rotations in the league if everything goes according to plan. And the optimism from the collective group should have fans thrilled for what’s to come.