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Yankees' Severino tries to get back into groove vs. Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

  1. The Blue Jays have lost six of their last seven to the Yankees, scoring just 2.3 runs per game over that stretch. In 13 games this season against the Yankees, the Blue Jays bullpen has held a 2.81 ERA.
  2. The Yankees have been held to one run in each of the last two games; that is just the third time this season the team has scored one or fewer in back-to-back days, and already the second time this month.
  3. Kevin Pillar has had three consecutive multi-hit games, and drove in multiple runs in back-to-back days for the first time this season in the Jays last series against the Royals. He had his 30th double of the season yesterday, giving him a fourth straight season with at least 30 doubles.
  4. In his last ten games, Miguel Andujar has six multi-hit games, five home runs and 11 RBI. Since that date (August 7), Andujar is tied for most home runs in the AL (with Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Upton).
  5. Marcus Stroman has not allowed a home run in his last five starts, but has allowed a home run in both starts against the Yankees this year. For his career, he has held the Yankees to a .224 batting average, the fifth-lowest mark against the Yankees among active pitchers (minimum 15 starts).
  6. In his first three appearances as a Yankee, Lance Lynn has allowed one earned run and totaled 22 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Only one other Yankee in the live-ball era, Jimmy Key in 1993, allowed one run or fewer in his first three appearances with the team (minimum 15 innings)
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/17/2018 thru 8/19/2018

NEW YORK -- One of the many questions surrounding the New York Yankees as they slog through mid-August is the state of Luis Severino and his recent performances.

Severino will be five days removed from his shortest start of the year Saturday afternoon when the Yankees continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Although Severino is 15-6 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP this year, he is 2-4 with a 7.50 ERA in his last seven starts.

Severino has allowed 11 of his 18 homers during that stretch and gave up homers to Amed Rosario and Jose Bautista in Monday's 8-5 loss to the New York Mets. Severino allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings while throwing 98 pitches.

The Yankees said all week that Severino's issues are not physical and there was no plan to skip him, especially since the Yankees have two days off next week, which will get him some extra rest.

"We got to help him and finally get to the bottom of it," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday. "Physically, I think he's sound, but we got to get this righted and that's all on us because he's so important. He's so dynamic when he's right."

Severino has not consistently shown his dominating stuff since July 1 when he allowed two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings over the Boston Red Sox. And like Boone, he is working to solve the cause of his sudden cold streak.

"I don't know," Severino said. "I think I keep doing the same mistakes over and over. I'm missing with my fastball. Last time something happened, homer to right field and I'm doing the same thing again. I'm missing with my fastball and I need to be more in control."

The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) against Toronto. He began his career by going 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in his first six outings against Toronto but is 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last starts against the Blue Jays since June 4, 2017.

Severino will try to help the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the 11th time in 15 meetings.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st homer, Neil Walker belted a three-run homer off Marcus Stroman and the Yankees rallied from an early four-run deficit to open the series with a 7-5 rain-shortened victory.

The Yankees also improved to 11-10 since Aaron Judge went on the DL with a fractured right wrist. Judge was slated to do dry swings Friday but was still feeling some pain.

"You just don't know," Boone said. "We're waiting for it to be out of there and once it is then we'll go. We're not going to press it, especially not that we've waited this long."

The Blue Jays lost for the eighth time in 12 games after GM Ross Atkins announced manager John Gibbons will finish the season. They are hoping to avoid their fourth straight rain delay after enduring delays totaling three hours and 54 minutes in their last three games.

After losing the opener, Gibbons said Stroman's blister might have flared up and a DL stint could be possible.

Sean Reid-Foley will make his second start for the Blue Jays. Reid-Foley allowed three runs and six hits in five innings Monday in Kansas City.

He allowed a two-run homer to Ryan O'Hearn in the second inning while throwing 62 of 97 pitches.

"I was nervous," Reid-Foley said. "I was sweating pretty bad and couldn't get a good grip on the ball the first couple of innings. I threw one bad pitch and left it middle-middle."

Before joining Toronto, the 22-year-old right-hander was a combined 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 23 starts for Double-A New Hampshire and Buffalo. He went 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in eight starts in the Eastern League. He was 7-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 15 starts in the International League

"I thought he was great," Gibbons said of Reid-Foley's debut. "He battled and was ahead of most hitters. That's a good sign."

The Blue Jays added Billy McKinney to their roster Friday when catcher Luke Maile was placed on the paternity list. Gibbons said he planned on playing in the outfield Saturday.

McKinney was acquired from the Yankees in the J.A. Happ trade and was batting .203 in 20 games for Triple-A Buffalo.

Updated August 18, 2018

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