New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is mulling over Luis Severino and Adam Warren for a possible spot in the rotation as Opening Day nears.
The two pitchers have had vastly different springs, and Sunday's game -- a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros -- was a huge example of it.
Warren gave up one run and four hits in 3 2/3 innings as the starter, while Severino, pitching in relief, gave up three runs, six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
"Bad command," Severino said to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I was missing a lot."
Though Severino struggled as a starter in the majors (0-8, 8.50 ERA in 11 starts) and pitched well as a reliever (3-0, 0.39 ERA in 11 appearances) last season, Girardi still considers him to be a starter despite Severino's struggles on the mound this spring.
"That's a million-dollar question that we're going to have to talk about," Girardi said about the possibility of having him begin 2017 in the minors. "You talk about trying to finish off people's development, but you also talk about winning ... I still consider him a starter."
While Warren spent most of 2016 as a reliever with both the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, he spent time as both a starter and reliever in 2015. He went 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts that season and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief appearances.
"I think for me, part of my strength is being consistent," Warren said. "I know they like me in the bullpen as well, but I want to make this as tough a decision as possible."
Added Girardi: "He locates, he's got four pitches, he's going to throw strikes. He's going to be down in the zone, so it's something we really have to consider."