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Friday, June 5, 2020

Astros seem to have targeted Luis Severino’s slider, off-speed pitches in Game 3

Luis Severino

The Houston Astros got Luis Severino into trouble early in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday, and they seemed to be targeting the New York Yankees starter’s slider and off-speed pitches.

Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick each homered during the first at-bats. Both came off Severino’s slider.

Analyst Alex Rodriguez also shared this nugget, noting that the Astros did not have any swing and misses at Severino’s off-speed pitches in the first inning but had trouble with Sevy’s fastball.

In the second, Reddick went deep off the slider and Martin Maldonado struck out on three straight four-seam fastballs.

Did the Astros know when off-speed pitches were coming because Severino was tipping those pitches like A-Rod insinuated? Maybe. Or maybe their game plan was to avoid the four-seam fastballs and focus on pounding the off-speed stuff. Keep in mind that Severino’s sliders to Altuve and Reddick were flat. It could just be that they took advantage of mistake pitches.

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