Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Red Sox 16, Yankees 1: Eovaldis brilliance, Holts cycle power Boston

Red Sox 16, Yankees 1: Eovaldis brilliance, Holts cycle power Boston

But they clearly gave him too much rope in ALDS Game 3. "So that ended up affecting the Cy Young-type of season that he was having and affecting his performance when they needed him the most". Nate hasn't pitched in a while.

The Red Sox decided with the former in favor of moving up Nathan Eovaldi to start in Game 3 instead of his originally scheduled Game 4 start.

There's no excuse for Holt and Devers not to start against Luis Severino, another righty, in Game 3. Game 4 starter CC Sabathia is a bit more of a wild card, right?

Well, that question is a lot more complicated than one might think. In Game 7, Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the first inning off Kevin Brown, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in a game they would never trail and eventually won 10-3.

After his departure, the Yankees' bullpen didn't fare much better against the Red Sox hitters. "Just with his stuff, we know he's going to be throwing hard and he's going to mix it up". It's the best game I've seen from him in a long time. So what happens? Brock Holt (Brock Holt!) became the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle, Mookie Betts (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, one brilliant baserunning play) and Andrew Benintendi (three-run triple) came to life at the plate, and every Red Sox batter had reached base in the game before the seven-run fourth inning was over.

"It definitely gives me confidence just knowing that I've had recent success against them", Eovaldi said. "I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and just get some quick outs".


Boston knocked New York's starting pitcher out early, widened its lead against a converted member of the rotation working out of the bullpen and left the proud denizens of the Bronx generally silent in the late innings.

"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark, try and get quick outs and try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", Eovaldi said of his Stadium strategy earlier this year. Severino said. "I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do, I don't know why he was saying that".

"We've got to try to keep them in the ballpark". The utility man didn't even get a pinch-hitting opportunity. "So that's a key". Roberts, who stole five bases in 45 games with Boston after he arrived in a July 31 trade from the Dodgers, stole second base on Rivera's first pitch, beating the throw from Jorge Posada, to move into scoring position.

"I mean, if my pitching coach said that [it was late] to you, you can believe it".

I do still believe Cora should make future decisions at second base based on the matchup, because Kinsler is a good player who might have his big moment along the way.

"Before I went out, I walked through the training room and told him introductions are at:28, and first pitch is at:40".

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