Luis Severino makes long-awaited return as Yankees want to sweep Reds

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees

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After a patient wait of almost two months, Luis Severino is finally set to make his first appearance of the season. The timing couldn’t be better, as Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo have been in excellent form, adding an extra boost to the team’s performance.

Luis Severino is hoping to see Judge and Rizzo keep their offensive momentum going as the Yankees try to sweep the three-game series against the Reds as he returns from a lat strain.

Yankees need Luis Severino

Luis Severino is making his first start since October 20, when he took the mound in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Houston Astros after missing two months with the same issue. On October 3, against the Texas Rangers, he made his most recent regular-season start and impressed with seven innings of hitless ball. Luis Severino had a fantastic season overall in 2022 after making an impressive comeback from Tommy John surgery, as seen by his 7-3 record and 3.18 ERA over 19 starts and 102 innings thrown.

After completing two rehabilitation starts, Luis Severino is making his comeback to a team that has secured 13 victories in its previous 18 games. The Yankees’ recent performance includes a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on May 1.

In his career, Luis Severino has a record of 1 win and 0 loss with an ERA of 4.00 in two starts against the Reds. The last time he faced them was on July 13 when he gave up three consecutive home runs in the second inning before sustaining an injury.

New York manager Aaron Boone expressed his enthusiasm for Luis Severino’s comeback, emphasizing the positive impact the pitcher can have on the team and his eagerness to integrate him into the rotation.

Luis Severino takes the place of Jhony Brito

The Yankees announced the demotion of RHP Jhony Brito to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after their 7-4 win against the Reds on Saturday.

Although an official corresponding move has not been announced, it is highly probable that the Yankees are clearing a spot for their starting pitcher, Luis Severino, who is set to make his season debut on Sunday.

Brito, who took the mound as the starter on Saturday, lasted four innings and surrendered four hits, four runs, and four walks, while also recording six strikeouts. With his performance in that game, Brito’s season stats now stand at a 3-3 record, a 5.58 ERA, and a 1.49 WHIP in 10 games, with nine of them being starts.

Brito’s performance on Saturday did not affect the outcome of the game, as he pitched four innings and gave up four runs on four hits and four walks against the Reds. He managed to strike out six batters during his outing.

Brito narrowly escaped a potentially disastrous third inning, as he issued three consecutive walks to load the bases with two outs. Despite the tense situation, he managed to limit the damage to just one run scored by the opposing team. However, the Reds struck back in the following inning when Luke Maile hit a two-run home run, allowing Jose Barrero to cross the plate. Although Brito had struggled to record strikeouts in his recent appearances, he rediscovered his ability to strike out batters in this game, tallying six strikeouts over four innings, matching his season-high.

With Luis Severino expected to return from injury and make his debut on Sunday, Brito’s performance, marked by a 5:3 K/BB ratio and a 5.58 ERA, may not be enough to secure his spot on the major league roster, possibly leading to a demotion.

The stage is set at Great American Ball Park. Luis Severino’s debut promises excitement for Yankees fans.

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