Luis Severino deserved a storybook ending. Technically, he made it to the end of his ill-fated extension, which Aaron Hicks did not. Unfortunately, that didn't make the final weeks any sweeter; he screamed off the mound as a gut muscle betrayed him against Milwaukee, meaning he didn't get to choose a convenient moment of tribute on the way out of New York, either. Not everyone can be beloved long-time Boston Red Sox Justin Turner, I guess (astoundingly unfair he got a moment in the sun and Sevy didn't).
At least -- at the very least -- Severino, who spent the summer as the self-described "worst pitcher in baseball," found the spark a few more times before saying goodbye.
He one-hit the Nationals over 6.2 innings on Aug. 23 in pinstripes, ending the Yankees' nine-game losing streak in style. He got to hear it from the faithful one last time. He struck out eight in seven shutout innings against Detroit on the road in his next outing. He does still have magic in that right arm. He just couldn't harness it until the decision had already been made.
Severino ends his option year in 2023 with a 1.646 WHIP, having subtracted 1.5 bWAR from this talent-starved team. He was a great Yankee in 2017 and for half of 2018. He will always be remembered, along with his '17 brothers, as a success. For a brief moment. He will not be back.