Middle of the seventh, he’s still throwing 100. Usually you face those guys, and they can only do it for one or two innings. He’s got closer stuff, Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton said. He’s got some of the best stuff in the game for 100-110 pitches. So it’s going to be a tough day for the opposition when he’s up.
Last season, when Severino fanned 230 batters — tied with teammate CC Sabathia for the third-highest total in team history — he threw 193 1/3 innings, plus another 16 in the postseason. With 111 2/3 innings already this year, he’s well on his way to reaching his goal.
He’s getting to the point in his career now where you don’t have to think about [limiting] innings, Cone said. He’s past the point of being protected, like the young pitchers they try to protect
The other way to think of it is that the Mets didn’t have to pay Bonilla his $5.9 million in 2000 and could use it on other free agents. Sure enough, the Mets acquired Mike Hampton from the Astros right before they dumped Bonilla. Hampton’s cost was conveniently $5.75 million, and his 15-10 record was good enough to help get the Mets to the World Series that year for the first time since 1986.
Johan Camargo (B), 7 percent, Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals (RHP John Gant): Top-prospect Austin Riley is still sidelined with a sprained PCL. That said, there’s still a good chance Riley is promoted later in the second half. Camargo is making a case to stay in the lineup if that happens, perhaps playing more shortstop, as he’s slashing .352/.386/.500 the past two weeks, tallying six runs while driving in 13 in this span.
Greg Garcia (L), under 1 percent, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (RHP Mike Foltynewicz): It’s not a sure thing, but Garcia has been hitting from the two-hole in recent games with a righty on the hill. While the Cardinals don’t run much, Garcia has the ability to take advantage of the Braves’ woes in that area.
Avisail Garcia (R), 13 percent, Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers (LHP Cole Hamels): Garcia has a hit in all seven of his starts since returning from the disabled list on June 22, including a pair of homers. Hamels’ 3.61 ERA doesn’t reflect it, but he has surrendered 20 homers, second-most in the league to the 22 served up by Jakob Junis. Favoring Garcia is 19 of those long balls were swatted by righty swingers.