Luis Severino has no idea what Pedro Martinez is talking about

Luis Severino finished the regular season strong, with three straight solid starts, then followed that up with four-plus shutout innings in the Yankees’ wild-card victory over the A’s.

While he hasn’t returned to the Cy Young candidate form he showed for much of the first half, Severino enters Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS looking significantly better than he did during the two-month stretch when he pitched to a 6.83 ERA over 11 starts.

From July 7 to Sept. 5, Severino’s season ERA rocketed from 1.98 to 3.52, but the right-hander insisted again Sunday that his poor performance was not due to an arm injury.

The topic came up on the eve of Game 3 after Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez said on the TBS pregame show before the Yankees’ wild-card win that Severino hadn’t been healthy for part of the season.

“I didn’t know until I finally spoke to Severino that Severino wasn’t totally healthy, and they could not afford to stop him from pitching,’’ Martinez said on the show. “So that ended up affecting the Cy Young-type of season that he was having and affecting his performance when they needed him the most.”

Severino and Martinez, both natives of the Dominican Republic, have worked together during past offseasons, but Severino insisted Martinez’s assertion wasn’t true.

“I don’t know where he got that, but I didn’t say [anything] about [being] hurt,” Severino said. “If you hear that from Yankees staff or something like that, maybe you can believe it, but I don’t know where you get that from. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy. So I’m not going to go out there and compete if I’m not healthy.”

He’s looked fine lately, and the Yankees hope that continues Monday night in The Bronx.

Aaron Boone also doesn’t know why Severino went through such a prolonged run of poor performance.

“[It was] a little bit of a head-scratcher because we were still kind of seeing the velocity,’’ Boone said.

“It’s a really hard game and this is a young man that’s still evolving, I think, as an elite starting pitcher,’’ the manager said. “This game will humble you at different times in your career, at different times in the course of the season, even when you’re in the midst of a great season.’’

But Boone has liked what he’s seen lately.

“We started to see him really turn the corner at the end of the season and, I think, kind of get that swagger and that confidence back that he has when he’s going so well,’’ Boone said. “And obviously, we saw him carry that into the wild-card game and really set the tone for us.’’

The one drawback to his outing against Oakland was that he left without recording an out in the fifth. Boone held out hope Severino would go deeper into Monday’s game but didn’t want him to alter his approach.

“We want our guys to go as hard and as great as they can be, however long that is,’’ Boone said.