It's a simple game: You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.
Simple but even simpler on the third matter if you know what pitch is coming when you're the batter.
And some in the Yankees organization believe, as the Red Sox broadcast hypothesized, that New York ace Luis Severino was tipping his pitches Monday in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, Fancred Sports reported Thursday.
“The Red Sox had his pitches," an unidentified person from the Yankees told Jon Heyman.
Severino's line in three-plus innings of a 16-1 Yankees loss: six runs on seven hits and only two strikeouts.
Red Sox analyst Lou Merloni said that there was a tipping issue, evidenced by Boston batters' ability to consistently lay off Severino's sharp-breaking slider.
At one point, NESN's broadcast showed Jackie Bradley Jr. in the dugout, his hand not quit covering his mouth, saying “fastball” to Mookie Betts on an 0-and-2 pitch to Brock Holt in the second inning that was, in fact, a four-seam fastball that Holt fouled off to stay alive.
By the end of his outing, three batters — and no outs — into the fourth, Severino had all but abandoned the slider. In fact, after the second inning, he threw only one slider among 26 pitches to nine batters before exiting the Red Sox win that set up their clinching victory Tuesday.
Yankees people say they heard the “chatter” from Red Sox people about pitch tipping, and they all seem to believe there was something to it.
There have been whispers about such an issue in the past, understandable when a player of (Severino's) talent struggles like he did over a two-month span. He had a 6 ERA over a dreadful 10-game period after the All-Star break.