Luis Severino went to the mound as one of the hottest young arms in the majors. He left 14 minutes later to cold-blooded booing in the Bronx.
Severino's first pitch at 8:10 on this 62-degree October night was a 100 mph fastball that Brian Dozier took for a called strike. The 49,280 fans at Yankee Stadium roared in approval.
By the time Severino had thrown his 29th pitch, an 86 mph changeup that Max Kepler had lined to left field for a double, Yankees manager Joe Girardi already had taken his first step to remove the 23-year-old righthander from his wild card nightmare.
A few hours before the Yankees' topsy-turvy, 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Girardi talked about...