Heyman: Yankees Believe Severino Was Tipping Pitches

October 11, 2018 - 1:05 pm
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By WFAN.com

People in the Yankees organization are convinced Masahiro Tanaka was tipping his pitches during Monday night's 16-1 disaster against the Red Sox, Jon Heyman of WFAN and Fancred Sports reports.

One Yankees source told Heyman flat out: "The Red Sox had his pitches."

Red Sox broadcaster Lou Merloni called attention to the possibility that Severino was tipping his pitches. And one video shows Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. mouthing "fastball" to teammate Mookie Betts just before Severino tossed a fastball to Brock Holt. Red Sox hitters, meanwhile, consistently laid off Severino's slider.

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In the ALDS Game 3 loss at Yankee Stadium, Severino was pulled with no outs in the fourth inning. He allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks. The Red Sox went on to win Game 4 on Tuesday night, advancing to face the Astros in the ALCS.

The pitch tipping wasn't the only controversy regarding Severino in Game 3. TBS' Ron Darling reported that the 24-year-old right-hander only began warming up eight minutes before the game because he might have been confused about the start time. And Yankees manager Aaron Boone has caught heat for allowing Severino to start the fourth inning, in which Boston blew the game wide open by scoring seven runs.