New York Yankees, Luis Severino Hold Off Cleveland Indians

In a do-or-die game Monday night, Luis Severino stepped up when the New York Yankees needed him most. The Yankee ace struck out nine over seven strong innings to help preserve the season for the Baby Bombers as they look to take their resiliency to Cleveland Wednesday night for a Game 5 against Corey Kluber and Co.

Offensively, Aaron Judge was able to finally step up and get some redemption against Trevor Bauer as he laced a rocket two-run double in the second inning and Gary Sanchez added a solo home run in the sixth as the Yankees were able to stave off elimination with a 7-3 win in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

Despite the rain, the crowd at Yankee Stadium was far from gloomy as each and every pitch felt like the game could shift with one crack of the bat. The crowd of 47,316 strong clearly helped Severino produce a quality start which has been common for the All-Star all season.

After only going 0.1 innings against the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card, the Severino that has been lights out all year, dominating opposing hitters, showed up. Consistently displaying the fire and passion that has led to him being ranked among baseball’s elite starting pitchers, Sevy had pinpoint control with overpowering command of his fastball and a sweeping slider that proved to be unhittable for the Indians.

It’s amazing how quickly Severino was able to get over one of the worst starts in postseason history, proving how crucial a positive mindset is when dealing with the ups and downs of playoff baseball. “I was feeling great. The location on my pitches was great,” said Severino.

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Another marvelous performance in a Cy Young-caliber season put Severino in the Yankees postseason record books as he became the youngest Yankee starter since Dave Righetti in 1981 to win a postseason game. The energy and life of the crowd definitely had an effect as Severino acknowledged in his postgame interview stating, “Of course I heard the stadium calling my name. I just want to go over there, try to have fun and help the team win”.

Heading into Game 5, there’s no reason why this team can’t pull off the unthinkable. The New York Yankees could come back from down 0-2 to pull off an insurmountable feat, beating the heavily favored reigning AL champion Cleveland Indians. This Yankees team has all the tools and all the pieces to shock the world.

Let’s not forget they shouldn’t even be here for another year or two. But now that they are here, it’s time to capitalize on the opportunity that lies ahead.

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In Cleveland, the feat won’t be small, but if the Yankees make Kluber and the Indians bullpen pay for any mistakes they make, then we could see a Yankees-Astros American League Championship Series. It would feature two of the top American League MVP candidates going head to head, with Aaron Judge taking on Jose Altuve for a shot at the World Series.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, let’s hope the New York Yankees can pull out one more victory Wednesday night.

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