And while it would be unfair for Red Sox fans to expect him to throw another one-hit complete game like he tossed against the Yankees on August 3, anything resembling that gem will likely send the Sox home after today's Game 4 in extremely high spirits.
That the game devolved into an embarrassment, with Boone electing to use Austin Romine to pitch the ninth rather than use another reliever, might not matter either when Game 4 begins on Tuesday night. I always go into the bullpen 10, eight minutes before the game.
In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times.
What's more evident is which side will account for more money.
Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS. Last year, NY had nothing to prove.
"There's a reason he's in this series, and he has a job to do just like all of us", Cora said.
"You get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound". "This one I'll remember for a long time", he said. He threw 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes and forced 17 swings-and-misses, striking out five against no walks. "Like [Monday] we felt that that was the best lineup for us was to attack Severino, and tonight we feel this is the best lineup to attack CC Sabathia". If the Red Sox win game three do you start Chris Sale to avoid a game five, or do you start Rick Porcello to save Sale for a possible game five? With his Yankees up 3-1 in the series, El Duque shut out the Red Sox - who led the majors with 949 runs, more than 50 ahead of second place, during the regular season - through seven innings as NY built a 4-0 lead.
The over is 8-1 in the last nine Yankees games overall. He handed the ball to Manager Alex Cora, skulked off to a chorus of boos, stepped carefully across the white chalk lines to avoid bad luck - too late for that, perhaps - and made a beeline straight to the sanctuary of the Red Sox's clubhouse. "I don't think it's quite settled in yet". David Price suffered the loss as he surrendered three earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings. In his dozen career postseason appearances, he is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA.
"If my pitching coach said it, you could believe it". Giancarlo Stanton, who is 4-for-14 with no RBIs and two runs scored for the series, is 3-for-8 with a pair of doubles in his career against the Boston righty. His first pitch of the game bounced shy of the plate.
Then there was Angel Hernandez, who was the umpire at first base, and who had four of his calls go to replay review in the first four innings.
"It's very important", Cora said. "For me to pitch the way I did and for us to score as many runs as we did, it was a big game for us tonight".
It's a new phenomenon for numerous young players on the Yankees, who only have the last two seasons, and maybe the 2015 Wild Card Game, to draw on.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone only has two games of Stadium postseason experience to draw on himself - this year's Wild Card Game as the manager, and last year's as a broadcaster - but he knows those two games against the Twins and Athletics will be nothing compared to the next two nights. In his three previous playoff starts - 1998 ALCS, 1998 World Series, 1999 ALDS - the right-hander had allowed just one run and 11 hits in 22 innings, for a tidy 0.41 ERA.