Yankees RHP Luis Severino had his shortest outing of the season in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Mets, allowing four runs, seven hits, one walk and two home runs in four innings.
Severino (15-6) allowed two runs in the first inning, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second and gave up two more runs in the fourth inning, throwing 98 pitches before manager Aaron Boone brought in Chad Green.
The 24-year-old Severino's second-half struggles continued, as his ERA in five starts since the All-Star break is 7.96. And since July 7, his ERA has skyrocketed from 1.98 to 3.27.
"I'm not tired. I'm definitely not tired," Severino said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "I just need to keep working. I've been through this in the past. I'll get together with Larry and try to see what's going on and we'll fix this."
Despite that, manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't plan to skip his spot in the rotation, especially given the team just placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday.
"We gotta help him get to the bottom of this," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "We gotta get this righted."
Severino struggled from the get-go, allowing a leadoff home run to Amed Rosario on the fifth pitch of the game. He allowed a double to Brandon Nimmo and a two-out RBI single to Jeff McNeil that put the Yankees down 2-0.
After retiring the first two batters in the second, Severino allowed back-to-back singles to Devin Mesoraco and Rosario and walked Nimmo, but escaped further trouble by striking out Michael Conforto on six pitches.
In the fourth, he allowed a single to Austin Jackson, and the next batter, Jose Bautista, followed by hitting a 3-2 fastball over the right-field fence to turn a 2-2 game into a 4-2 deficit.