The Yankees are 'absolutely convinced' RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in Monday's 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman said on WFAN Thursday morning.
Severino, who allowed six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, surrendered seven batted balls that had exit velocities of at least 100 mph.
Severino's arm slot did not change based on the pitch, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, but there is a video of Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. mouthing the word "fastball" during a second-inning at-bat against Brock Holt.
.@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
Manager Aaron Boone said after Game 3 that he thought Severino wasn't "as electric as his last time out" in the wild-card game, when he struck out seven batters in four-plus scoreless innings.
"I didn't think he was overly sharp from the get-go," Boone told reporters after Game 3. "I thought stuff-wise he was OK. ... I thought the Red Sox did a really nice job of laying off close pitches, so they didn't expand much at all in those early innings against him, so that kind of hurt him a little bit."
Severino allowed three runs through the first three innings and was sent back out for the fourth inning to face Boston's 7-8-9 hitters. However, he allowed back-to-back singles to Holt and Christian Vazquez before walking Bradley, and Boone then pulled him in favor of Lance Lynn, who surrendered a bases-loaded walk to Mookie Betts and a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi.
New York was eliminated with a 4-3 loss in Game 4 on Tuesday.