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Luis Severino to start the Wild Card game for the Yankees

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Last year’s Wild Card game was, well, wild.

Luis Severino got the start for New York against the Twins and he struggled mightily. His fastball was electric but he had no idea where it was going and he ended up getting just one out in the first inning and left his team in a 3-0 hole. If Chad Green hasn’t come in and worked out of the jam Severino created it would’ve been worse. Thankfully for the Yankees Green put out the fire, his teammates rallied, and New York won the game 8-4.

It’s pretty unlikely that’ll happen again, but we get to see if it will tomorrow because Aaron Boone has named Severino the Wild Card game starter once again, choosing him over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka.

Severino, 24, was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts this year. He was 14-2 at the All-Star break but lost six of his next nine decisions before beating Boston and Tampa Bay in his last two outings.

You have to figure, given the Yankees bullpen, given the stakes of the win-or-go-home game and given what he did last year that Severino will be on the shortest of leashes.

 

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.