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Luis Severino to start the Wild Card game for the Yankees


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.


Corey Kluber removed from his rehab game

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Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.

Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.

It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.