After bumpy 2016, Yankees’ Luis Severino has been nothing but an ace

The Yankees can thank a stranger in a grocery store for their ace, at least a little bit.
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It was 2016 and Luis Severino was back in New York. In the midst of a stressful year, he decided to run Patrik Nemeth Jersey some errands. Severino can’t remember exactly when the encounter took place, but he recalls the random guy walking up to him in the aisle, telling him that everything was going to be OK

That didn’t happen, though. Severino got smacked around in his first seven starts, allowing 29 earned runs in 35 innings. The stretch warranted a demotion to the minors. Like a yo-yo, he would go up and down a few more times that season, pitching mostly out of the bullpen in the majors, minus a few more uninspiring spot starts. As he repeatedly failed Authentic Jayon Brown Jersey as a starter, Severino excelled in relief, recording a 0.39 ERA in 23.1 innings.

You don’t need to have your velocity drop to be injured, and velocity can fluctuate from game to game. But drops of more than 2 mph should be cause for concern. Those kinds of drops don’t come from nowhere, and they’re often indicative of injury.

Kershaw has struggled with injury since his last peak season in 2015, when he threw 232.2 IP with a 2.13 ERA. He missed significant time in both 2016 and 2017, and his peripherals have been slowly creeping upward ever since his strikeout rates have dropped, his walk rates are up, and after giving up a scant 0.5 HR/9 in his career up to 2016, since 2017 he’s giving up home runs at more than double the rate, 1.2 HR/9.

If Kershaw is having arm troubles again, it’s another blow to him and the Dodgers, who have seen superstars Corey Seager and Justin Turner already miss significant time with injury. The Dodgers desperately needed some good news, but Kershaw’s start Thursday, as promising as it may have looked on paper, was anything but.

Athletic ability seems to supersede any negative thing you do in your life, Clark said. You see it time and time again, like f–king Kobe Bryant. It happens so often, and it f–king blows my mind that that’s where our society is at. That like, ‘Oh, he did all these really terrible things, but he’s an amazing athlete, so f–k it, let’s just let him keep going and keep making his millions and keep being on TV.’ There’s no punishment.