Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Luis Severino May Have Messed Up Start Time For Game 3

Luis Severino May Have Messed Up Start Time For Game 3

So, what does this mean for the Yankees, and who will the Red Sox start after Eovaldi?

It has gone beyond a streak, past a trend and into the realm of the weird.

The series is now tied, 1-1, as we head back to NY. And he has had his chances - 10 of them, in fact - and whatever team he was pitching for at the time has lost all 10 of those games.

On Saturday night, he simply didn't do it, which just added to his disastrous playoff numbers.

The Red Sox routed the Yankees 16-1 in Game 3 of the ALDS to take a 2-1 series lead on Monday.

It was the latest addition to a string of futility that thumbs its nose at probability. The 28-year-old split his season between Tampa Bay and Boston, posting a 3.81 ERA, 3.67 xFIP and 8.19 K/9 in 111 innings pitched this season. Since joining Boston, and dealing at times with injuries, he is 39-19 with a 3.74 ERA. What matters is that his team is one win closer to winning the ALDS, not his regular season ERA.

Now the postseason has arrived, again. The Yankees' second batter of the game, Judge, crushed a 91-mph cutter over the wall in left-center field, an estimated 445 feet - Judge's third homer in three games this postseason. But he did not.

"But I can tell you it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as him, a legend of baseball", Sanchez said. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity...

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On Saturday, the trail of postseason misery was compounded by his mounting history of failure against the Yankees.

David Price heard the boos. This year alone, it reached nearly absurd levels as he went 0-3 against them in the regular season with a 10.34 ERA and surrendered nine home runs in four games. Benintendi squared it up and pulled it down the right field line, bringing home all three runners and giving Boston a 7-0 lead.

"Where I was at the start of the season with the Rays, we had good things going over there", Eovaldi said. "Knowing that, you have to go out there and execute big pitches in big spots in counts. And that's something I wasn't able to do tonight".

Gary Sanchez went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Last October, Willson Contreras hit a 491-foot homer for the Cubs.

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. "We've known that all year, and you hit a couple homers in the postseason, it doesn't matter what you do in the regular season". The win over Oakland in last week's wild-card game improved NY to 7-0 at home in the postseason since the start of the 2017 playoffs.

Happ, of course, was touted by Yankees faithful as a key to the series. 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. It just so happened it wasn't his day. "That's it", Price said. That proved an unexpectedly good move, as Eovaldi held a powerful Yankees lineup to a single run over seven frames, striking out five.

With the game out of hand, Chad Green came in. But there were two men on base and Judge was coming to the plate again.

"I mean, everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me", Sanchez said, speaking through an interpreter.

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