Yankees RHP Luis Severino was in the debate to start for the American League in the 2018 All-Star Game. Instead, he's coming out of the bullpen.
Red Sox LHP Chris Sale was named the starter by AL manager A.J. Hinch on Monday. This is Sale's third straight All-Star Game start as he continues to perform at the highest level.
"He is truly a special pitcher in our league," Hinch said during Monday's press conference to announe the starters. "He's truly someone who deserves this honor."
Hinch added that Severino will likely pitch after Sale's night is complete followed by Rays LHP Blake Snell.
The numbers are not that far off from these two aces. Severino may lead the MLB with 14 wins on the season, but he has the fifth-best ERA at 2.31 in the American League. Sale leads that category with a 2.23 ERA, which is second-best in the MLB only behind Mets' Jacob deGrom.
Sale also leads the entire MLB with 188 strikeouts. Severino is 10th on that list at 144 strikeouts thus far.
"Chris Sale deserves all the honors," Severino said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "He's one of the great pitchers in baseball right now. He will start. This year, next year and all the years. I'm just looking forward to pitching."
There will be a Yankee starting in the field, though, as Aaron Judge was voted in as one of the three outfielders. He will bat sixth and play left field, while Red Sox OF Mookie Betts gets the start in right.
Judge owns a .276/.392/.544 slash line with 25 homers and 60 RBI heading into the break.
The 89th All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.