New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick & Prediction MAY 21st 2023

Stadium: Great American Ball Park Cincinnati
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Luis Severino waited nearly two months to make his season debut and the long-awaited moment will occur as Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo are rolling.

Severino will return from a lat strain and hopes to watch Judge and Rizzo produce more big hits when the New York Yankees go for the three-game sweep of the host Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Severino, who missed two months with the same injury last season, is pitching for the first time since an ALCS Game 2 loss at the Houston Astros, 3-2 on Oct. 20. His most recent regular-season outing was seven hitless innings at Texas on Oct. 3. That effort capped a season where he returned from Tommy John surgery by going 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts spanning 102 innings.

He made two rehab starts and is returning to a team with 13 wins in its past 18 games following a 3-2 loss to Cleveland on May 1.

Severino is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in two career starts against the Reds, whom he faced July 13 and was injured after allowing three straight homers in the second.

"He's a great pitcher and I'm looking forward to him getting into and a part of this rotation," New York manager Aaron Boone said. "I know what kind of impact he can have for us."

Boone also knows what kind of impact Judge and Rizzo are showing of late. Judge went 4-for-4, reached base five times and hit the tiebreaking single in the 10th inning before Rizzo hit a two-run homer in Saturday's 7-4 win.

The Yankees are 9-3 since Judge returned from a brief injured list stint because of a strained right hip. Since returning, he is batting .378 (17-for-45) with seven homers and 18 RBIs.

"I try not to think about being in a hot streak," he said. "It's about going out there and assessing the situation. I look at who is on the mound and what I have to do to help the team."

Rizzo, who has 24 career homers in Cincinnati, has reached base in 17 of his last 18 games. He also is batting .353 (24-for-68) with six homers and 15 RBIs in that span.

"Rizzo has been our rock," Boone said. "He's been rock solid to start the year, that one constant, even when we missed Judge for the 10 or 11 games."

Besides attempting to stop Judge and Rizzo, the Reds are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss after striking out 25 times in the first two games of the series. One of those strikeouts was by Jonathan India in the ninth after he fouled a ball off his knee, but he vowed to play Sunday.

"He actually looks not too bad," Cincinnati manager David Bell said of his second baseman. "Not too terrible. The good news is it's not broken."

Jake Fraley hit an RBI single and is hitting .355 (22-for-62) with 22 RBIs in his last 21 games.

The Reds hope a solid showing by Hunter Greene (0-3, 4.60 ERA) can help erase the disappointment of the previous two games. Greene allowed three earned runs or fewer in his first eight starts before getting tagged for six runs and nine hits in four innings of a no-decision Monday at Colorado.

Greene allowed two homers and has allowed five in his past three starts after yielding only a homer to Pittsburgh's O'Neil Cruz in the season opener.

Greene has never faced the Yankees and the only New York hitter he ever faced was Harrison Bader.

--Field Level Media

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New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds Recap MAY 21TH 2023

Harrison Bader belted a two-run homer and Luis Severino pitched effectively into the fifth inning in his season debut Sunday, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-1 win over the host Cincinnati Reds.

The Yankees won for the 14th time in 19 games since falling to 15-15 on May 1. They completed a 6-1 road trip while getting their second series sweep this season.

Gleyber Torres added a solo shot off Hunter Greene (0-4) for the Yankees, who rested Aaron Judge ahead of Monday's off-day leading into a three-game series at home against the Baltimore Orioles.

Rookie Anthony Volpe added a late RBI double after Greg Allen stole second as a pinch runner and advanced on a wild pitch.

Severino returned after missing over two months with a strained right lat, the same injury he sustained July 13 at home against Cincinnati that cost him two months.

Severino allowed one run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one in a 75-pitch showing while averaging 96.7 mph on his 44 four-seam fastballs.

Severino retired nine straight and was one strike away from completing the fifth when Luke Maile singled. Albert Abreu (2-1) got the next four outs before Jimmy Cordero and Wandy Peralta pitched a perfect inning apiece.

Clay Holmes escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his fifth save.

Spencer Steer hit an RBI single that led to New York manager Aaron Boone's ejection in the first inning. The Reds mustered little else and dropped their fourth straight game.

Greene allowed four runs on four hits in seven innings. He tied a season high with 10 strikeouts and walked three.

Cincinnati seized a 1-0 lead after Steer hit a fly ball that right fielder Jake Bauers nearly caught following a sliding attempt in foul territory. The ball caromed off the tip of Bauers' glove, bounced out and was originally ruled a foul ball.

After the Reds challenged, Steer was awarded a double and Jonathan India scored. Boone was ejected for the second time on the trip for arguing with plate umpire Emil Jimenez.

Greene allowed two baserunners through four innings before losing the lead in the fifth. After Willie Calhoun opened with a walk, Bader drove a 1-2 changeup into the left field seats.

Torres made it 3-1 in the sixth by sending a first-pitch fastball into the right field seats and Volpe ripped a double to left for a 4-1 lead in the seventh.

--Field Level Media