David Wells On WFAN: Rothschild Must Pull Severino Out Of Funk -- And Quick

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
August 14, 2018 - 3:09 pm
FILE -- Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Luis Severino during a game.



As Luis Severino continues to struggle and the Yankees continue to insist nothing is physically wrong with him, the pressure is on pitching coach Larry Rothschild to fix whatever is wrong with the team's young ace, Yankees great David Wells said Tuesday.

"I've gone through stretches in my career where four or five games in a row I was just really bad and just leaving the ball over the middle of the plate, not pitching effectively, not hitting my spots," Wells told WFAN's Maggie Gray and Bart Scott. "And the pitching coach has to be right there for you. He has to get guys through these types of things. Because if he doesn't, you're a lost cause, especially when you're a young kid and you don't really understand the value that you could be for a team."

Severino was very much in the Cy Young conversation heading into the All-Star break. But the 24-year-old right-hander is currently battling through a lengthy slump, going 2-4 with a 7.50 ERA over his last seven starts.

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Meanwhile, the Yankees have fallen 10 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race and are facing the likelihood of playing in a one-game playoff in order to reach the American League Division Series. In other words, they need their ace pitching like one come early October.

Wells, who pitched for the Yankees from 1997-98 and again from 2002-03, said it won't be necessarily difficult for Severino to return to the consistency and command he had exhibited over the past couple of seasons. The mental part, however, can often be the biggest hurdle.

"It's just minor adjustments, but sometimes you can get so caught up in it, and it gets into your head, and you're like, 'What's going on?'" Wells said. "But you've got to figure it out quick because when you have that many starts that aren't that precious, you're going to be in the bullpen or down in Triple-A."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.