This season, Eovaldi has faced the Yankees four times and posted a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings overall, but take out the five earned runs in 7 1/3 innings with the Rays, and his three starts with Boston have been stellar: just one unearned run in 16 innings, with 13 strikeouts and a 0.5625 WHIP. "It was a special moment for me". "I don't think it's sunk in". We can argue that Boone should have pulled Severino in the third inning, but it was criminal that the Yankees skipper sent the right-hander out for the fourth inning. Handed a big early lead, Nathan Eovaldi shut down his former team during New York's most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games.
"Two places that are historic franchises where the fans are definitely rowdy for their home team and against the visiting team", Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said. Brett Gardner walked twice in four plate appearances.
So I asked Betts: "Do you realize what you've become?"
Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39). He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth and was charged with six runs and seven hits. That's thanks in part to some questionable decision-making by Yankees manager Aaron Boone in the top of the fourth inning. "It wasn't an issue".
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.
Here are some thoughts on Boston's victory in Game 3. "Mitch is available, but he's not 100 percent", Cora said. The second baseman made a backhand flip to Bogaerts covering second for a forceout, and Bogaerts threw to first, where Hernandez signaled out for a double play. Fortunately for the Yankees, it only counts as one game. Boone said Hicks was doing "significantly better", and sitting him was a much more hard decision than it was Saturday. These are playoff games. The 28-year-old right-hander, who throws at 97-98 miles per hour, allowed no earned runs in three of four starts this year against the Yankees. He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 12 career postseason outings, including four starts.
Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and.217 opponents' batting average at home, just 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA and.257 opponents' batting average on the road.
When Boston pitcher David Price was introduced ahead of Game 3 of the ALDS, New York fans didn't hurl the typical vitriol that gets lofted toward just about every other player not donning the pinstripes.
Hernandez isn't a stranger to controversy, including suing Major League Baseball for racial discrimination.