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The Dominican Contact Machine

For the last three games the Bomber bats have been asleep at the wheel, taking into consideration how old the middle of the line-up is that’s not the most puzzling situation in Yankee World at  the moment

What has happened to Luis Severino is the more pressing question? He looks like he’s bulked up to NFL running back size, his fast ball has the giddy-up, 46 of the 87 pitches he threw last night touched 96 plus MPH.

The other 41 pitches, 27 sliders, 14 Change up’s subtracted to  the same velocity, 87 MPH, not idea but not the total problem.

With the exception of the 6th inning (20 pitches) he never  threw more then 16 pitches an inning, and his strike percentage never dipped below 55% ( 9 pitches 5 strikes 3rd inning)

Sounds like what  the Yanks expected from  their top pitching prospect, but somewhere along the way  to becoming the next Dominican Dandy, Severino  has morphed into  the Dominican Contact / Hit Machine

Severino faced 24 batters struck out only 2, only induced 5 swings and misses, his fast ball created 1 / 2.2% swings and misses, the Change Up 2 / 14.3%, Slider 2 / 7.4%

I’m no pitching coach but it sure looks like his pitches are saying up in the zone, his slider and change up have little depth, and when you don’t have a bag of tricks in your arsenal like Tanaka, you become very predictable

The pitches were coming in at 96, but leaving at  106 off the bat once the Mariners started to measure him up in the 4th inning

Chris Iannetta who  Severino  turned into Johnny Bench last night smoked a single in the third inning, and only a circus catch / line drive DP  by Castro saved a potential crash earlier in the game

Nelson Cruz smacked a solid knock to  right in the 2nd, but Seager rolled into  a DP to  keep Severino’s pitch count respectable

The house of cards started to  crumble in the 4th after Smith doubled to right,
and Canó singled to right  tie the game 1-1

Severino lost the tie score and the lead in the 5th when Adam Lind singled to shallow left,
and  Severino’s kryptonite Chris Iannetta homered to left center (402 feet) to give  Seattle an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

The roof caved in completely in the 6th when Smith walked,
Canó singled to right, moving Smith to second
Cruz grounded into a fielder’s choice to third, (Smith out at third), Canó to second.
Seager struck out swinging,

Lind broke Severino’s back with  a 2 out  single to right center plating Canó and moving Cruz to third.

Joey Claps seeing how comfortable the M’s hitters were, finally yanked his puzzling young starter

The annoying Paulie the Clown thought all hard stuff locating on both sides of the plate is good enough for the young phenom, but the M’s proved that to be an erroneous statement, based on results

I’m not sure Severino  was ever changing eye level, the desired subtracted velocity of 10 MPH has yet to be developed, and the secondary pitches never looked like they had a downward motion

The Bomber defense pulled off 3 very slick DP’s to prolong Severino’s outing, but the Bomber offense, as putrid as it was, made sure even the slightest missteps by the Bomber youngster would come back to  haunt him.

5.2 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs,  1 BB, 2 K’s, 1 HR,  87-55, 5.91 ERA

Ten hits in his first start of the season, now eight hits in his second start. Luis Severino said his early struggles have been mostly due to missed location. Specifically, he’s had a hard time getting his slider in the dirt.

“I’m trying to do it,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’m throwing too hard, (or maybe) I’m trying too hard (with) my slider or trying too hard to throw in the ground. … I’m trying to throw in the ground and leaving it right in the middle. I’m always trying too hard, but I’m going to keep working.”

Severino was excellent this spring, and he said getting offspeed pitches in the dirt is the biggest difference between now and then.

It’s not like Severino  was mugged, he just hasn’t given  the Yanks a Quality Start in his first  two innings.. The kid could use a good offensive onslaught by the Old Bombers in his next outing, maybe it’ll  relax him, and the depth on his secondary pitches will  start  to  show up

Can’t Blame ARod

Well Girardi  benched his #3 hitter who is presently mired (3 for 25) but the stink from  this depressing offense continued to permeate through out the half empty Stadium

Yankees RISP: 0-12 (McCann 0-2, Headley 0-1, Ackley 0-2, Gregorius 0-1, Beltrán 0-1, Ellsbury 0-3, Teixeira 0-2)
Team LOB: 12

In their past four games the Bombers are 3-for-34 with RISP. After scoring at least eight runs in three of their first five games,the Old Bombers have only scored a total of eight runs in four games since

Last night was extremely frustrating

Runners at second and third with no outs in the fourth and again in the fifth, the Yankees had nothing to show for it. Bases loaded in the sixth, Teixeira grounded to shortstop. It was that Teixeira at-bat that really captured the night as a whole, but that fourth inning might have been more frustrating with three straight strikeouts.

When the only run you score comes off the bat of Brett  the Face Gardner in the first inning, your more then in a slump, your buried in an avalanche of mediocrity

“You want to see them put the ball in play, that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. “You put the ball in play and probably get a run, but the guy made some borderline pitches, go the call, and you have to live with it.”

Yes baseball is a game of inches and right now the Bomber offense isn’t measuring up  to  the task

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

April 16, 2016 at 7:58 am

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  1. If you watched the game with the sound down your thought process is, the Yankee batters were getting squeezed, but hey swing the bat waste the pitch and try to see as many pitches as possibly

    Severino really wasn’t fooling anybody, and if you compare Severino to say Marcus Stroman, Severino has a ways to go before he can dominate a big league line-up for 21 outs.. the book is out on him, time for him to make the adjustment

    The talent is there, but it hasn’t shown up yet in 2016


    April 16, 2016 at 8:08 am

  2. Girardi is confusing Joel Sherman lol he confuses all of us Sensie


    April 16, 2016 at 9:25 am

  3. Test post

    moscone informed me there was a issue logging in, I don’t know what happened fellas, but i completely cleared the settings so you should be able to just post, just put your name in the name bracket or sign the post… any more problems let me know thanks and sorry


    April 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  4. This is a test, Sal. In the words of Don B, last night’s performance or lack of was…..Grrr..


    April 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    • Pretty weird when Sabathia is your best pitcher

      Beltran had one pitch to hit off Felix but missed it


      April 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  5. Absolute lifeless lineup except for Castro and Gregorions,
    Good defense by our middle infielders too,


    April 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    • Beltran is red hot too donny, they need to move him to the 3 hole move Alex down a bit to 6 or 7


      April 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

  6. another good day for Barbato and Betances, amazing they can’t touch Nuno


    April 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  7. George would a fired Girardi 3 times already,


    April 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  8. Gotta love the Joey Claps non panic comments that it is too early yet to be concerned.
    What is not early is that team has been shit for most of the time since they last won in 2009, and especially so in the last 3 years plus the start of this year.
    That is not early, Joey nickname.


    April 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

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