Luis Severino had a great 2018 season, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, en route to a ninth-place finish in the American League Cy Young voting. His peripheral statistics weren’t too far off from the numbers he posted in 2017, but the lackluster second half numbers for the New York ace have stuck in everyone’s craw since last October. The numbers are more alarming than you may think, but a bit surprising as well, considering his second half of 2017 was far superior to the first few months of that campaign.


Yikes. Those are some astounding numbers. All of the metrics that you didn’t want to jump, didn’t just jump, but more so skyrocketed. Opponents were hitting a few less fly balls, and turning them into line drives. Furthermore, his ground ball percentage dropped over seven percent in the second half of the season, which was a big factor in that line drive rate increasing to nearly 32 percent.


Severino’s two worst months of the season were easily July...