On a Boston-area sports-talk radio show this author happened to catch while driving back to NY on Sunday, hosts argued that the Red Sox should eat the remainder of Price's seven-year, $217-million contract and send him packing this offseason. He could tell from the first inning that Severino lacked his best command, but no one began throwing in the Yankees bullpen until the first two men reached in the top of the fourth inning, with NY already down 3-0. That's thanks in part to some questionable decision-making by Yankees manager Aaron Boone in the top of the fourth inning. You could definitely make the argument that Boston is lucky that it lost only one of the first two games, but that's just spilled milk. Only then did Boone come to get his young ace, but the snowball was already rolling down the hill by then. "Rick pitched that inning on Monday, so we felt like one more day is going to benefit him if we stay away from him".
The Red Sox decided with the former in favor of moving up Nathan Eovaldi to start in Game 3 instead of his originally scheduled Game 4 start.
"This is what it's all about - you get an opportunity to have the ball in Yankee Stadium, Game 4, this is the culmination of the entire season leads up to your opportunities in the postseason", said Porcello.
With right-hander Luis Severino starting, Cora inserted the left-handed hitting Holt at second base over Ian Kinsler, and used the same rationale for starting Rafael Devers at third base over Eduardo Nunez, even though the numbers told him not to.
However, both Boone and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the situation was being overblown.
This outing continued that troubling trend for Severino.
Severino comes into this one off a decent performance in the wild-card game against the A's.
He also created his own unfortunate spot in Yankees postseason history.
Only when those three hitters - Holt, Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley Jr. - went single, single, walk did Boone finally emerge from the Yankees' dugout, at a slow gallows stroll, to pull Severino. But they clearly gave him too much rope in ALDS Game 3. Yankees relievers added gasoline to the fire, with all five who entered allowing at least one run. He was just 5-for-31 (.161 average) with one extra-base hit (a double) and nine strikeouts against the Twins (in the ALDS) and the Red Sox. Chad Green allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings. "He was able to sit down for three or four minutes and go out". Then in the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine became the second position player in Major League Baseball history to pitch during a postseason game.
By the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine was on the mound for NY and he gave up a two-run homer to Holt that completed his cycle.
There's no other way to put it. That's the only way you can get back into the count because they're disciplined and they don't chase a lot. Roberts made his first appearance in the ALCS in the ninth inning of Game 4, as a pinch-runner for Kevin Millar, who drew a lead-off walk off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Porcello's August start was not an outlier for him against NY.
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