Yankees ace Luis Severino has reportedly gone back to the drawing board to avoid the pitfalls that plagued him toward the end of last season.
According to Yankees reporter Brian Hoch, Severino has made changes to his workout to stave off pitch-tipping and late-season fatigue and finish stronger next year than he did in 2018
Luis Severino (@LuisSeverino94) said that he changed his workout to avoid late-season fatigue... he isn’t sure if he was tipping pitches, but he saw the Jackie Bradley Jr. video and is ready to make whatever changes are needed. pic.twitter.com/ilhcyeDVcD— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 11, 2019
In Sevy's first 18 starts for New York last season, he was absolutely dominant. He had a 1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and allowed only two or fewer runs in 14 of those starts. However, for the rest of the season (14 starts), his ERA shot up above 5.00 and and his WHIP rose to 1.46.
Back in October, it was reported that the right-hander was tipping his pitches left and right after a video surfaced that showed Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. calling out his pitches as early as the second inning in Game 3 of the ALDS.
.@LouMerloni just nailed it. Red Sox had a beat on what was coming as early as the second inning. JBJ says "Fastball..." to Mookie before an 0-2 pitch to Holt, Severino pumps in 98 MPH fastball that Holt fouls away. pic.twitter.com/wLGR5dVDys— Dan O'Mara (@Dan_OMara) October 9, 2018
The 24-year-old hurler said that he has done film study to take care of the tipping problem, and is working on strengthening his shoulders and legs to avoid fading physically in the second half of the season.
If Severino can fix this issue, he and the Yanks could be in for a special 2019 campaign.