Luis Severino felt the pressure. The Yankees right-hander watched Jameson Taillon land a perfect game in the eighth on Thursday night. The following night, Gerrit Cole handed out a perfect game in the seventh.
“I mean, I’m scared of getting traded if I don’t get to six or seven. Not good enough,” Severino joked. “I have to go out there and try to do my best every time they give me the ball.”
His best Saturday was damn good. He pitched seven scoreless innings and one hit in the Yankees’ 3-0 victory over the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Severino netted 10 goals for his first double-digit game of the season.
The only hit was a smokey ground ball from Miguel Cabrera that came off shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the second inning. It was Severino’s 16th goalless start and his third this season. He is the fifth consecutive Yankee starter to have pitched at least seven innings and allowed one earned run or less this round throughout the rotation. In the past 14 starts, Yankee starters have posted a 1.48 ERA, allowing one or fewer runs in 11 of those 14 starts.
“Man. It was great. Every time the guys go out and do their business, it’s like watching a replay of the night before,” Severino said of their consistency. “Guys go out there and throw six , seven, eight innings with 10 (spokes) It’s like that rewind of the day before.
Miguel Andujar was opted for Triple-A on Friday night. He did not leave quietly. After cutting .258/.273/.323 with a .595 OPS in nine games since being recalled May 24, Andujar told Aaron Boone he wanted to be traded, a source confirmed.
The Pinstripe Express
Daily News sportswriters select the best Yankees stories of the week from our award-winning columnists and beat writers. Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.
“I’m not going to get into our conversation about it,” the Yankees manager said. Boone added that although it was a difficult conversation, Andujar was professional. “Miggy is a great guy and he came through like a pro. Understand that this is a difficult option. Understanding that he’s a big part of what we’ve done here and he definitely wants to be here, so I understand that’s hard.
While the former Rookie of the Year finalist’s frustration is understandable, the Yankees are under no obligation to grant his wish.
Andujar was an integral part of the 2018 Yankees team, when he finished second in voting for the American League ROY behind Shohei Ohtani. He entered 2019 as the Yankees starting third baseman. He suffered a shoulder injury early this season, an injury that required season-ending surgery, and lost his job to Gio Urshela. In 2020, Andujar struggled with limited playing time and last season he spent the majority of the year in the minors.
But Andujar adapted well to playing in the outfield and certainly defended himself while he was with the big league club. With two regular outfielders — Aaron Hicks and Joey Gallo — struggling, Andujar, 27, was better at home plate than them and solid in the outfield.
In a total of 12 games, Andujar is hitting .268/.279/.317 with two doubles, three RBIs and three stolen bases. His OPS is .596. Gallo, in 43 games, is hitting .177/.282/.308 with a .590 OPS. He has two doubles, five homers and seven RBIs. Hicks reduced .217/.346/.248 with a .594 OPS, a double, a home run and eight RBIs.
“Last night was really tough. He was playing consistently for us. He was part of us winning ball games,” Boone said. “There were other times where, as I talked about over the last few years he’s had to go out there and work on some things or build himself up and things like that. So right now I know he’s contributing and he knows we know. It’s just a tough numbers game obviously. So last night was tough.
Giancarlo Stanton returned to the lineup Saturday after 10 days on the injured list with an ankle problem. He went 1 for 4 with a brace. … Clay Holmes extended his scoreless innings streak to 26.0 innings with a ninth clean sheet Saturday. It is the longest active scoreless streak in the majors and the longest by a Yankee since David Robertson’s 26.1 from September 1, 2011 to May 8, 2012. It is the longest by a Yankee in a only season since Mariano Rivera went 30.2 innings without giving a run in 1999.