Did the myriad Yankees fans who figured no change could possibly come in the leadership department this offseason speak too soon?
Or are things about to get worse than ever, in a scenario where management sides with Aaron Boone and kicks Luis Severino’s option to the curb instead?
Severino has had an interesting season in the Bronx, showing his trademark fire after returning from over two years away from the rotation before hitting the IL in the middle of the season. Sevy seemed to believe he could return in a month. The Yankees did not; they placed him on the 60-Day IL to manipulate his innings, creating a brief rippling of tension midseason.
And now … Saturday night’s Game 3 of the ALDS, which could quickly become a pivot point for the current core of title-less Bombers. Severino could’ve easily been pulled in the second inning, but settled down, miraculously kept the game close, and dominated the Guardians well into the sixth. Very smart decision made by Aaron Boone …
… which he then undid in the ninth, sticking with Wandy Peralta after blazing through Lou Trivino and Jonathan Loaisiga earlier in the game. Two bloop hits later, and it was … CLARKE SCHMIDT, who eventually blew the game with a two-out, two-strike gutbuster up the middle, leaving Severino feeling feisty in the postgame.
Are Yankees’ Clay Holmes, Luis Severino leading mutiny against Aaron Boone?
As Jomboy very helpfully laid out, that sure sounds like an All-Star who’s still got some lingering resentment over the decisions made during the summer.
As if Severino’s inflammatory comment wasn’t bad enough — and it certainly was bad enough! — Clay Holmes himself spoke to the media for an extended period of time despite not participating in this baseball game.
Minutes after Aaron Boone claimed he’d experienced some soreness and was unavailable, Holmes revealed that to be … a lie.
According to Holmes, Holmes was fine. He genuinely painted Boone into a corner and immediately made the “injury” excuse flimsier than anyone thought possible.
Boone probably wanted to stay away from Holmes on back to back days. Holmes had no interest in staying silent about being held out against his will. Severino certainly didn’t hide his feelings about the way this one thudded to the dirt, one strike away from an all-important victory.
All is not well in the Yankees’ clubhouse, and there’s a lingering option decision on Severino’s contract hanging over this offseason.
An offseason that could be closer than anyone anticipated before the bottom of the ninth inning began on Saturday.