Luis Severino will be the Yankees' Opening Day starter, manager Aaron Boone announced. The Yankees open the season in Toronto against the Blue Jays on March 29th at 3:30 p.m.
Severino finished third in AL Cy Young voting last year after going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 230 K in 193.1 IP. The young pitcher exceeded all expectations and was one of the reasons the team was ahead of schedule in its rebuild.
"We feel like it's his time for it," Boone said, via Mike Mazzeo of NY Daily News. "With what he was able to do last year, we feel like he's in a really good place now. We just felt like now is the time for him to take on that role and we think he's ready for it. I'm looking forward to seeing him grow in his role as one of the aces of this staff."
Masahiro Tanaka has started the Yankees' previous three Opening Days.