Monday, 15 October, 2018

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

Dellin Betances celebrates with Gary Sanchez after getting out of the seventh inning in the Yankees' 6-2 win in Game 2 of the ALDS Saturday night Lost in Boston’s offensive outburst was Nathan Eovaldi
Kristopher Love | 09 October, 2018, 14:42

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

"Obviously this is my first, but I'm excited", Eovaldi said.

Eovaldi allowed just five hits and a run in seven innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Nathan Eovaldi, a quasi-journeyman with a scar on his pitching elbow who came over from the Rays at the trading deadline, was exceptional in a drama-free way that was at least slightly reminiscent of Derek Lowe's casually efficient dominance in the 2004 postseason.

In a 16-1 rout of the Yankees in the Bronx, Holt was the Red Sox' offensive star. The Yankees have certainly victimized other pitchers this season, but an inordinate number of them, nine in the regular season and two more Saturday night, have come against Price, in just 17 1/3 innings combined.

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He has larger expectations for Monday. They need to hit more than they have to win this series, even if they lose a little bit in the field.

While manager Aaron Boone hasn't been afraid to deploy his bullpen early in postseason games, he said he's open to Severino pitching for however long he is effective.

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Severino's home-road splits have been fairly significant this season. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor, who grew up a Mets fan in nearby New Jersey, was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in three starts against NY this year - including a one-hitter on just 86 pitches August 3 at Fenway Park. He offered one suggestion for his success at home.

After his departure, the Yankees' bullpen didn't fare much better against the Red Sox hitters. 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. I'm partial to Blake Swihart, who hit three home runs and had a.618 OPS this year and still somehow seems a useful offensive option. "He's been able to do that so far in the postseason, limiting the mistakes. For me to pitch the way I did and for us to score as many runs as we did, it was a big game for us tonight".

Something that's not being overblown is Severino's postseason struggles. For as much as Boone said he's seen Sanchez make strides, he said he felt Severino has sharpened his mechanics and his command later in the season.

"I guess he's got the crystal ball, or something, huh?"

"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. In his dozen career postseason appearances, he is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA.