Luis Severino established himself as one of the most dominant starting pitchers in all of baseball last season, and it’s on him to maintain that elite level in 2018. “I think I can be better, but I’m not going to put any extra pressure on myself,” Severino replied recently when asked about following up a sensational 2017 campaign in which he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 230 strikeouts over a career-high 193.1 innings. “Everybody wants me to win 20 games or whatever, but I’m just focused on doing my best.” The 24-year-old righty always had electric stuff, but it wasn’t until last season that he was able to harness it. After earning a rotation spot out of spring training, Severino took it and ran — all the way to a third-place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting. But his performance in the postseason was subpar, so there’s still more to achieve. He got only one out in the AL wild-card game, and failed to reach five innings in either of his ALCS outings. “I think he showed what he can do last year, so we just have to keep building on that,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “One of the biggest things is just to stay hungry and strive to be the best. He’s come in with that attitude. We’ve talked about it a little bit, but haven’t harped on it too much.” Severino’s goal for 2018 is clear: reach the 200-inning mark. In 2017, only 15 MLB pitchers got there.
Luis Severino out to prove breakout 2017 season for Yankees was no fluke
New York Daily News | Mar 2