Severino, increasingly entrenched after injuries

HOUSTON – The version of Luis Severino seen Thursday in Houston resembled the one from 2017-18, when the Dominican was called to two consecutive All-Star Games and finished third and ninth, respectively, in the Cy Young Award voting. of the American League.

In the game between the Yankees and Astros on Thursday, Severino delivered his sixth quality start of the season, allowing three hits and two runs, with two walks, in 6.0 innings in New York’s 2-1 loss to Houston at Minute Maid Park.

“I think it’s looked pretty good,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He has been very consistent for us and his material has been excellent. To me, he resembles the pitcher — and perhaps a more polished version that has been very successful — that he was early in his career. I feel like we have Sevy back and that’s the most encouraging thing.”

Severino has looked impressive the last six weeks, posting a 2.92 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 49.1 innings over his last eight starts. In seven of his last nine appearances, he has struck out at least seven batters.

On the season, Severino has a 3.35 ERA in 14 starts. In 11 of them, he has allowed three runs or fewer.

The key to his recovery has been health. In the last three seasons, the Dominican has thrown a total of 18.0 innings (12 in 2019, none in 2020 and just 6.0 in 2021), due to a series of injuries, including Tommy John surgery in February 2020.

“The only thing that has limited me has been my health,” Severino said. “I’ve had a lot of injuries, but now I feel healthy and I’m recovering well.”

The only thing he’s lacking now is offensive support from the Yankees. New York has scored a total of 18 runs in Severino’s last seven starts, which is a big factor in why the team has lost five of those games.

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Severino, increasingly entrenched after injuries