After pitching through his first postseason appearance, Yankees starter Luis Severino has learned a great deal about what it takes to perform in those high-pressure moments.
Severino got the ball with a World Series berth on the line in Game 6 of the ALCS in Houston, and after rolling through four innings, he was eventually knocked out in the fifth after losing control of the game. He admits he had no clue how such a great start ended so quickly.
"Everything happened so fast," Severino told The Post's Dan Martin. "I didn't know what happened."
Looking back at it, Severino has learned a great deal from his postseason run, and knows he won't get caught up in the moment next time around.
"I feel like I learned a lot," he said. "Just the atmosphere, the fans, I've never been through that before. It won't seem like as much next time."
The 23-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, but his postseason numbers didn't reflect his dominance in the regular season. He owned a 5.63 ERA in four starts, which includes the Wild Card Game start where he lasted just one-third inning. He also tossed 209 1/3 innings from start to finish this year, setting a career-high.
Severino has never had a workload like this season, which is why he will be starting his offseason throwing program later than normal to recover.
The World Series, which starts Tuesday, could have had the Yankees representing the American League if Severino had outdueled Astros righty-ace Justin Verlander. That is why "Sevy" is unsure if he will be watching it. Instead, he wants to focus on the 2018 season.
"I don't know," Severino said. "I just want to look forward to next year, cut down on my walks and improve on everything that happened this season."
During the regular season, Severino led the Yankees with a 14-6 record, 2.98 ERA and 230 strikeouts.