Steven Wright took the mound last night in New York, in a game that was supposed to be about the Yankees' top pitching prospect, Luis Severino. Similar to the hype Henry Owens brought the game before, Severino is supposedly taking a starter's role in the rotation by being one of the most prodigious prospects of his organization. Rumor has it that the Yankees didn't do anything shocking at the deadline because most of the teams that they were dealing with, were asking for the rookie pitcher. Severino pitched five innings, allowed two hits, two runs (one unearned), seven strikeouts, no walks, became the youngest starting pitcher of the season and the first one in the American League history to allow two hits or less with no walks and at least seven Ks in his debut. His debut was spectacular and yet, he was not the brightest pitcher in the mound.
In Wright's best game as of now, a home run from David Ortiz that welcomed Severino to the big leagues was the difference and a night against New York where Papi's homer is not the bright spot, is a night that you have to remeber. Over eight innings of work, the right-handed knuckleballer allowed one run on four hits, struck out nine and walked two and showed why the Red Sox traded for him in 2011. Both innings and strikeouts were career-high for Wright, he even carried a no-hitter to the fifth inning that was eventually broken by Didi Gregorious. The only run he allowed was a home run to Carlos Beltran in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough for the Yankees to create momentum.
"Given this lineup, in this ballpark . . . he was outstanding," John Farrelltold the Boston Globe. "That was as good as Steven has thrown for us." In a season that is obviously lost and there's no way the team can at least go back to .500, it is more than satisfying to have small delightful moments like the one Wright gave us last night. If the Red Sox are not making the playoffs, at least we still have some things to enjoy from them. The more pessimists fans will argue that there's nothing to like from this team with the money that Cherington is paying to Sandoval and Hanley, but let's try to at least appreciate what the Red Sox can offer from this point on.
Xander Bogaerts hitting like a machine, Big Papi quest to 500 homers, pitching prospects showing why they weren't traded for Hamels, Eduardo Rodriguez making the case that maybe the Red Sox have an ace for years to come, Brock Holt hitting for the cycle, Travis Shaw's perfomance last Saturday and now, Steven Wright's gem. I dare you to say to me that this season is complete garbage with taking into consideration the moments I mentioned before. What this year is missing is a brawl against the Rays (or the Blue Jays with David Price pitching) and the season will officially be a complete circus.
Do Wright's perfomance showed you why Farrell and Cherington have not given up on the knuckleballer as a starter? Do you think he has earned his spot in the rotation and Joe Kelly will be thrown to the bullpen? Leave your comments below and don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @RedSoxLife and follow me at @iamjorgecamargo for more Red Sox stuff.