Help is on the way.
The Yankees will soon see the return of its ace, Luis Severino. The 25-year-old is on track to face hitters following his next bullpen session, all of which have been positive thus far.
It's obvious that Severino's eventual presence atop the rotation will serve as a major boost. New York starters have pitched to a 4.92 ERA since the All-Star break, 20th in baseball. Despite the inflated number, the Yankees have gone 9-2 since July 31, when they opted not to add a starter via trade.
When Severino does take the hill, it will be his first time doing so since Sept. 25, 2018. He, like any pitcher coming off a near-season long IL stint, will first need to shake off the rust. Remember, too, that there may not be enough time for him to be stretched as a starter, thus making the bullpen a viable alternative.
"Another big step, the ball was coming out very well,'' Aaron Boone said to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "We will see, where we are and how much he is built up."
It wouldn't be his first exposure to extended bullpen work. In 2016, he posted a 7.46 ERA in seven starts before falling to triceps inflammation. Following a two month absence, Severino allowed just one run through 23.1 relief innings while striking out 25. Clearly, it's a role he would be comfortable in.