Behind the strong pitching of Luis Severino, the Yankees topped the Royals, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Click here for the full box score...
Severino (3-2) cruised through eight innings on a season-high 114 pitches, striking out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk. He lowered his ERA to 3.11.
Didi Gregorius put the Yankees up in the third inning with a solo homer, his third long ball of the season. New York added their second run in the sixth on a Matt Holliday sacrifice fly. Brett Gardner drove in Gregorius with a seventh-inning single.
Dellin Betances struck out the side in ninth inning to earn the save.
I think it is safe to say that Severino has established himself as a bonafide MLB starting pitcher and has cemented himself in the Yankees' rotation.
The jury was out on that notion after Severino followed his fine rookie campaign in 2015 with a terrible one as a starter last season. Severino did show the Yankees enough as a reliever last season to give him another chance to rebound as a starter.
Severino has demonstrated he belongs and has plenty of upside as he lowered his ERA to 3.11 with tonight's sterling effort eight-inning scoreless effort. Severino was incredibly strong throughout the effort in which he hit 100 mph on his 112th pitch of the game.
Severino is once again showing confidence and poise on the mound, and at 23, the Yankees might have their ace of the future on the mound right now.
The Yankees close out their four-game series with the Royals on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka (5-3, 6.56 ERA) will start for the Yankees and go up against Miguel Almonte, who is making his Major League debut.