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Just the other day we were mentioning that Luis Severino could possibly win the Cy Young this season. He took a major step toward that goal on Wednesday, shutting down the defending World Series Champions for nine innings. Severino needed only 110 pitches to hand the Houston Astros their second consecutive loss. He allowed only one walk and five hits while striking out 10 batters. In addition, Severino only allowed one extra base hit, a double to Josh Reddick
Throughout the game Severino kept Astros hitters off-balance and was making them look downright awkward. This certainly bodes well should the Yankees face off against the Astros in the playoffs this season. Take notice Houston, Severino is locked in this year.
Must say about Luis Severino: this man was ON last night, and he knew it. He wore Cy Young attitude and efficiency on his sleeve. You’ve got to be over the moon about how he owned the Astros last night….
Great morning to be a Yankees fan, ain’t it? pic.twitter.com/QQEnIRfyBH
— CHASING 28 (@ChaseForThe28th) May 3, 2018
Yankees Score 4 off Stanton’s Bat
Giancarlo Stanton had no problems facing the Houston Astros in this game. The big left fielder hit two home runs off of Astro starter Dallas Keuchel before adding a double against Hector Rondon in the 8th inning. Stanton drove in all four runs in the game, and raised hit batting average to .240. I don’ think we’ve truly seen Stanton heat up yet, but this is a good step toward seeing the big guy break out.
The first home run here.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) May 3, 2018
Bullpen Gets a Well-Needed Rest
Severino’s complete-game couldn’t have come at a better time. After Jordan Montgomery left Tuesday’s game after only one inning, the Yankees used five pitchers to get through the rest of the game. Domingo German threw four innings of emergency relief, before turning the ball over to the setup men. The Yankees closers combined for 13 strikeouts over 8 innings while allowing only one walk.
Game four of the series is today at 2:10pm EDT. Masahiro Tanaka looks to build off of his two strong starts in a row. Lance McCullers is on the mound for the Astros.