Friday, 15 February, 2019

Angel Hernandez now in a bigger spot after Game 3 debacle

Angel Hernandez now in a bigger spot after Game 3 debacle Angel Hernandez now in a bigger spot after Game 3 debacle
Kristopher Love | 10 October, 2018, 07:25

After all, NY hit by far the most home runs of any team in the regular season, and it scored five or more runs in an inning 16 times (per Baseball Reference). He generated an astounding 17 whiffs from the potent Yankees offense.

Whether fatigue or dead-arm played any part in Severino's less than stellar summer, Martinez's supposed declaration of an injury to the Yankees No. 1 pitcher is not only inflammatory if untrue, but insanely underhanded if indeed accurate - considering Severino credited much of his 2017 success to the Hall of Famer.

The Red Sox move on to their first ALCS since 2013 after marching into Yankee Stadium and sweeping both games. And (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) said he was able to get through his normal routine, where he faces a couple hitters and everything. So it shouldn't shock anyone that he might be miffed by some of the things the Red Sox did in Game 3. "It was unbelievable before the game and the first few innings, and he was just being Nate".

Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39). And he silenced the very fans who were heckling him from the get-go.

"When you come here, you know the crowd's going to be against you", he said. But if you look at the first inning - and I know people have brought up, "Oh well, he got into trouble later on in the game" - first inning, he was all over the place.

It was the first time in four playoff games this year that Aaron Judge did not hit a home run. Porcello thought he had Hicks struck out with a 1-2 changeup up at the knees, hopping a little off the mound as the pitch was ruled a ball. They have just one run in their past 23 innings against him. He made 29 starts this season and in only 15 of them did he throw more than five innings. "A good fastball, he likes to work up in the zone, and a good cutter off of that. Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds". "He went out and did his job".

Angel Hernandez now in a bigger spot after Game 3 debacle

Even when he made mistakes, which was rare in this one, he didn't suffer.

"It's unbelievable", adds Didi Gregorius of the Stadium atmosphere. The former delivered the hit that broke Game 3 open in the fourth inning, when he blasted a bases-clearing double to make it 7-0 Red Sox. Luke Voit, 1B; 6.

"I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs", Eovaldi said.

By the seventh, he was still touching 100 miles per hour.

The only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series. They survived a two-run rally by the Yankees in the final inning, including a final-out instant review play at first base that held off the celebration in the middle of the diamond until the out call at first base on Gleyber Torres' slow roller could be confirmed.

Boston didn't win 108 games to lose in the Division Series, and it definitely didn't win 108 and the American League East to lose to the Yankees.