Luis Severino's brutal outing dooms Yankees in ALDS Game 3

Aubrey Yates
October 9, 2018

He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 12 career postseason outings, including four starts.

This wasn't the landmark American League Championship Series of 14 years ago.

With Porcello pitching two-thirds of an inning, the Red Sox were forced to make a decision. This was the first time in Major League Baseball history a player hit for the cycle in the playoffs.

With the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees splitting the first two games of the series, the Sox will hand the ball to right-handed fireballer Nathan Eovaldi at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

"I can't tell you the specific details because they're going to know", he said.

During the game, TBS broadcaster and former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling first floated a question about Severino's comparatively short warmup time, suggesting the pitcher may have arrived to the bullpen late, minutes ahead of the game's scheduled 7:40 p.m. first pitch. "It was a good night".

On the same token, Porcello is "higher up the depth chart", or so it seems, in the Red Sox rotation, so moving him is a bit of a hedge. The problem is that once Holt and Christian Vazquez singled on consecutive pitches, both fastballs, Boone didn't have someone ready for Jackie Bradley Jr. Without a change, we can expect more of the same in the Bronx.

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"We saw it in Game 1, and we saw it throughout the season". So what happens? Brock Holt (Brock Holt!) became the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle, Mookie Betts (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, one brilliant baserunning play) and Andrew Benintendi (three-run triple) came to life at the plate, and every Red Sox batter had reached base in the game before the seven-run fourth inning was over.

Boston battered an ineffective Luis Severino and silenced a charged-up Yankee Stadium crowd that emptied out fast on a night when Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora made all the right moves. Eovaldi allowed a lone earned run in the fourth on a Didi Gregorius fielder's choice grounder.

As it was, the Yankees appeared to have little fight left after the interminable, deflating fourth inning, though a large part of that could be attributed to Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, who carved up their vaunted lineup for seven dominating innings with a fastball that topped out at 101 miles per hour and an assortment of secondary pitches. He threw 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes and forced 17 swings-and-misses, striking out five against no walks.

Well, that question is a lot more complicated than one might think.

"I mean, if my pitching coach said that [it was late] to you, you can believe it". It's definitely probably the most important game I've ever pitched in.

It was New York's most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games. NESN's Jim Rice, Lenny DiNardo and Tom Caron discussed the keys to Eovaldi's success in Game 3 prior to first pitch. The Astros await the victor of this series after finishing off a sweep of the Indians in the other ALDS on Monday.

What the Red Sox do for Game 4 is 100% reliant on what happens on Monday.

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