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. He's the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle in a playoff game.
Alex Cora made a mistake in Game 2.
Aaron Judge finished 2-for-4 with a first-inning solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Saturday night's 6-2 win at Boston. Aaron Sanchez finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Believe in them. With a performance like this, they've earned at least that much. What a night for Red Sox fans to soak in.
Luis Severino will start Game 3 for NY.
In the seventh and final inning, on his 88th pitch, he touched 100 miles per hour.
Shutting down that lineup in the postseason, in a pivotal moment in a short series, is feat that won't be forgotten anytime soon. Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez need to take a seat and Brock Holt and Rafael Devers need to take their places.
Regardless of the numbers, though, it's up to Eovaldi to execute - and going back to the thought of series placement, this is his first postseason start, so it's important to avoid a situation like Severino found himself in during last year's AL Wild Card Game, which was his first postseason start. If Cora was hoping for them to work out any better than they did, he's greedier than he's ever let on. Expect run support as Eovaldi is inconsistent and will likely struggle in the home run haven of Yankee Stadium. He drove in the Red Sox' first run on an infield single with two outs in the second inning, then delivered a perfectly placed hit-and-run in the seven-run fourth. "He's had success against them, and it seems like it's a good matchup; obviously, in the playoffs, game planning is part of it, and I know they're going to be ready, but we will too, and we trust his stuff". All three calls were overturned on instant replay.
Two-RBI triple to make it 10-0 in the fourth. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that's the first time Severino had given up that many hard-hit balls in a game since May 19 at Kansas City.
"Over the course of the season, talking to him, and we have a great relationship, I think, we're very close, the way he goes about his business and how fiery he is and how he prepares. this guy, he gets it", said Cora.
By the time Andrew McCutchen sent a laser off to left that looked as if it might knock the Green Monster off its moorings, a sharp single that plated a third Yankees run, Price's night was over. He was especially productive in the second half this year, with an.809 OPS after the All-Star break and a couple of absolutely crushed home runs.
"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half", Severino said at Sunday's press conference.