Despite having a 5.57 ERA in the second half of the season and throwing four-plus innings in the wild-card game, Yankees RHP Luis Severino is confident he can give NY a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday. Until October, when more often than not, he's turned into a pumpkin. "I don't know why that is, but I always have confidence in myself". The veteran pitcher should know how to work his way out of early struggles.
For the Red Sox to salvage this game, their beleaguered bullpen would have to keep the Yankees' offense at bay, and their own lineup would need to chip away at what was then a three-run deficit against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and the army of flamethrowing relievers they had in reserve.
But because this is Boston, and because memories are long here, and because there is a history to account for, you can be assured that all anyone was talking about, as 39,151 fans trudged out of Fenway Park, tuned into sports-talk radio and bellied up to the corner bar, was the unimaginable, uncanny and unacceptable futility - not only Saturday night, but seemingly any time he climbs a mound with the stakes at their highest - of left-handed starter David Price.
After one of his shortest outings of the season - and his only disastrous start since becoming a New York Yankee, Friday's Game 1 losing starter J.A. Happ was in shock afterwards. At Fenway Park, however, he is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA. "Me watching from afar past year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw intensity connection that the fan base had with the players". I think we'll really get after it and test it out again tomorrow and kind of make a decision on it.
Rafael Devers, Steve Pearce and Brock Holt will move into the infield as the series shifts to Yankee Stadium, replacing Eduardo Nunez, Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler. The Red Sox would be thrilled if they get what Eovaldi provided in four of his last five starts with the Rays, when he completed at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less each time.
He has larger expectations for Monday.
"That's it", Cora said, via Christopher Smith of MassLive.
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"I watched pretty much all the games", the Yankees manager said.
".it could be three, could be four, could be - but I'm still open to it being eight innings", Boone said.
"I just talked to him and told him just be accountable. We've known that all year, and you hit a couple homers in the postseason, it doesn't matter what you do in the regular season".
Perhaps more notably, Sanchez brought two more Yankees home with him to extend the lead to 6-1, a margin that was going to be easily insurmountable.
"Maybe my wife cooks better food here".
"I like that song too actually", Boone said.
"That's probably just something they do when they win", the manager said. "I feel like it's very good, but I can't tell you any specific reason for it". In the top of the second inning, Gary Sanchez returned another cutter to the Green Monster for the Yankees' second long ball of the night. He has held batters to a.228 batting average and recorded a 3.00 ERA in 81 innings with Sanchez, while his ERA is 3.65 and opponents' batting average.250 with Austin Romine catching. He entered the game as a pinch-runner for Ruben Sierra in the eighth inning, but was stranded when Alfonso Soriano hit into a force out with the bases loaded and two outs in a tie game.