With the Red Sox's rookie Owens taking the loss on his MLB debut on Tuesday night, the Red Sox are hoping the same thing happens to the Yankees starting pitcher, Luis Severino, making his own debut on Wednesday night. The Yankees have called him up to take place of Micheal Pineda, who landed on the DL due to a Grade 1 forearm strain. Severino is ranked as the Yankees' number 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline. In 11 starts in AAA this year, he went 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA. The 21 year old right hander held AAA batters to a .184 batting average and 0.93 WHIP. He features a mid-90's fastball and a good changeup.
Opposing the rookie will be Steven Wright. The 30 year old will take the bump with a 4-4 record and a 4.53 ERA in 7 started games. Wright, a knuckleballer, is coming off his best start of the season where he went seven innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs against the Chicago White Sox and notching a career high 8 strike outs.
Keys to the Game
· Because Steven Wright is a knuckleball pitcher, he'll have to have it working early and often. That being said he'll also have to be able to sneak and control his fastball into the mix.
· The Red Sox need to jump on Severino quickly, since he's a rookie he'll have jitters to start the game.
· Because Severino has a fastball, changeup, and is developing a slider, odds are he'll stick with the first two pitches to start, but if he throws that slider look for it to hang and be crushed.
Where and When?
· You can see the game on NESN and YES as usual, but it will also be broadcasted on ESPN on 7 pm ET
- Belal Ahmed
Follow me on twitter @TheDailyWhiff