After losing two consecutive series, it was time for the New York Yankees to host arch-rivals Houston Astros. The reigning World Series champions were visiting the Bronx for the first time since trashing the Yanks in ALCS in 2022. Naturally, the atmosphere was electric, and both sides promised a highly competitive matchup.
The hosts dominated early on by securing a 4-3 win in the series opener. Giancarlo Stanton and Clarke Schmidt lead the crucial win with significant contributions. However, things went spiraling down the very next day as the Yankees got shelled 7-3. And the villain was once again starting pitcher Luis Severino, who is having an absolute horror season this year.
Luis Severino Admits Mental Fatigue As He Gets Shelled By Astros
Following eight-run outings against the Baltimore Orioles, Yankees manager Aaron Boone refused to commit to another outing from starting pitcher Luis Severino. However, Domingo German‘s exit following the alcohol abuse incident left the team short on starters. Hence, Severino earned a lifeline against the Houston Astros, which he ended up blowing completely. In the first inning itself, he gave away a three-run homer, which set the tone right for Astros. Post that, Luis could last only four innings, wherein he gave away five runs in as many hits. With that, his ERA has soared to 7.74. The pitcher was certainly not happy. Following the outing, he stopped with the reporters and said that every time he gives up a homer or a run in the first inning, he feels “Jesus Christ, what am I doing?”
The starting pitcher went on to admit that his struggles are physical as well as mental. Since their return from injury, Luis Severino has been badly struggling. After a blowout against the Orioles, Severino was quoted saying he felt like the worst pitcher in the league. Moreover, as an impending free agent, the risk of losing a roster spot is inflating with each passing day. All things combined are messing with the pitcher’s head immensely. The Yankees’ conditioning team must address his struggles before time eventually runs out. Meanwhile, the four-game series between the Yanks and Astros remain leveled at 1-1. The next couple of game will be highly crucial for the hosts, who desperately needs this series win.
Luis Severino’s Rotation Spot With The Yankees Under Serious Threat
Meanwhile, rumors have it that following the horrific outing against the Astros, Luis Severino could be moved to the bullpen to perform as a reliever. Aaron Boone, the Yankees manager, addressed the rumor and said everything was on the table. For now, they want to work towards getting his rhythm right and help Severino find consistency.
Luis Severino also spoke about his future and said that, for now, he is a starter. That’s the only thing that matters. However, the pitcher did acknowledge that while he loves being a starter, at the end of the day, he is part of a larger team. Hence, Severino will adhere to the team’s demands and is ready to play in any capacity the team needs him to.