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

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

The rout was on following a seven-run fourth inning, started with singles by Holt and Vazquez.

Romine had just become the second position player in history to pitch in a postseason game, while Holt was a home run shy of becoming the first batter in history to hit for a postseason cycle. Lance Lynn allowed all three runs to score that Severino left on base in the 4th inning.

But to that point, let's go back to the first thought of matchup, because Eovaldi might actually be the better one against either Severino or Sabathia.

Severino started the fourth inning by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. "I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and just get some quick outs".

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.

Should the Red Sox win Game 3, they have a former Cy Young Award victor pitching basically in his hometown (Porcello went to Seton Hall Prep) to try to advance Boston to the ALCS; if they lose, though, then they have the same former Cy Young Award victor pitching to keep them alive instead of a wild card in Eovaldi. "So the fans are going to be excited", Betances said. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face.

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"It wasn't an issue", manager Aaron Boone said following the Red Sox' 16-1 onslaught to take a 2-1 series lead.

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There were 329 pitches thrown by nine pitchers on Monday night, and it was Eovaldi who threw the 25 hardest. Eovaldi allowed a lone earned run in the fourth on a Didi Gregorius fielder's choice grounder. But the Yankees scored five runs (on eight hits) off Porcello in 5 1/3 innings May 9 in NY. 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.

"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said.

In the postseason, Porcello's record is decidedly more mixed. "I don't think it's really quite settled in yet".

Xander Bogaerts finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Game 2 to help lead the Red Sox offense.

The Yankees understandably expect more from Severino.

"Obviously, we're all in with this, so you ever know what can happen in Game 3, but it should be Nate 3, Rick 4", Cora said.

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