Michael Pineda finally has found some consistency, CC Sabathia is in the Andy Pettitte zone and Jordan Montgomery has turned an impressive spring training into a locked-in spot in the rotation.
But the most pleasant and most dominant surprise has been Luis Severino, who was so abysmal as a starter last season.
; born April 11, 1980) is an American former professional baseball first baseman.
He played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and New York Yankees.
“There is a slump and there’s a time when you’re not pitching well at all and I am not sure where he is. The biggest thing that I see from him is that his fastball command isn’t there, his fastball life isn’t there.
It was a bit odd considering he’s going into the final weekend of his career.
Normally, such a plan would be about playing for the future. As it is, the Yankees crawled over .500 (37-36) by beating the Twins, 2-1, Saturday.
The Yankees are 20-14 in their last 34, and you can see contention in that. In that span, they are 15-2 against the Twins, A’s, Angels and Rays — or the four worst clubs in the AL — and 5-12 otherwise.
Teixeira said he believes starting pitching ultimately will determine who will win the developing heated AL East race between the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles.
And Tanaka, who is 0-5 with a 10.72 ERA in his past five starts, could be the Yankees’ make-or-break factor in that equation. I am not in panic mode, but you have to figure out what’s going on,” Teixeira, who retired after last season, said of his former teammate.