Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Ultimately, the Yanks lost the division lead and ended up with the Wild Card. They were so bad over the last 8 weeks of the season, that it sort of cast a shadow on Severino's debut. It wasn't his fault at all, but the whole team had sort of a "meh" feeling, making it hard to get excited about the potential he flashed.
All told, he had a 2.89 ERA in 62 innings, striking 56 and walking 22. He really only had one clunker of a game, and of course it was against the Jays. Otherwise, he was mostly excellent and usually above average.
However, I think the "meh" finish of the team can actually help temper expectations for him. Had the team won the division and played well in the Playoffs, I think expectations for him would be a lot higher due to a larger national exposure. I'm not glad they lost the division, that's not what I'm saying, just that Severino feels like he's flying under the radar due to a fairly poor team performance from August-October.
Maybe I'm right, I don't know. However, I'm very excited about what a full season of him in the rotation could look like. So excited, that I felt like I should snag a few of his rarer cards now, as they might be a lot tougher to come by mid-season.
The dual relic shown above is from 2015 Diamond Kings and was a cheap COMC find that I stashed in my account intil I had a shipment ready. I'm not certain what the red jersey is from. I assume it's a Charleston jersey, since he wouldn't have been in Scranton yet. The navy blue could be from any level, really. Pretty nice card overall, though.