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.
"The good thing around today is it's one game", Boone said. Roberts made his first appearance in the ALCS in the ninth inning of Game 4, as a pinch-runner for Kevin Millar, who drew a lead-off walk off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Eovaldi's mark at Yankee Stadium is 3.38 in two starts, slightly better than his 3.70 career ERA in the Bronx, but again, that's inflated by the one start he made here with the Rays - or, if you look at the other side of the coin, not representative of the six shutout innings he pitched here on September 16.
Severino said he likes to begin his warmup routine about 20 minutes before first pitch, playing catch in the outfield.
A screening of Severino's pregame routine Monday showed that he was throwing in the outfield at about 7:26 p.m. ET - less than 15 minutes before first pitch. NESN's Jim Rice, Lenny DiNardo and Tom Caron discussed the keys to Eovaldi's success in Game 3 prior to first pitch. 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. He could tell from the first inning that Severino lacked his best command, but no one began throwing in the Yankees bullpen until the first two men reached in the top of the fourth inning, with NY already down 3-0. "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league. Boone and Rothschild believed their ace could get through the Red Sox's 7-, 8- and 9-hole hitters who were due up.
This outing continued that troubling trend for Severino. Results notwithstanding, he should've come in earlier in the inning rather than Lynn.
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"I didn't think [Severino] was overly sharp from the get-go". "He certainly didn't seem as electric as his last time out". The Yankees were a ideal 7-0 at Yankee Stadium in the postseason since the 2017 wild-card game, winning those games by an aggregate margin of 42-14.
Of the 18 batters Severino faced Monday, seven connected on balls that had exit velocities at 100 miles per hour or faster.
Why he's here: Ortiz was only in his second season with the Red Sox in 2004, but he had already started to establish the foundation of what would be a strong Hall of Fame case. Then in the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine became the second position player in Major League Baseball history to pitch during a postseason game.
Romine wished he had entered in the postseason game in some other, more traditional way.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they were forced to pitch Rick Porcello on Friday night in an effort to hold off the Yankees and get the victory in Game 1.
"I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs", Eovaldi said. "But, I'm just here to try to help the guys out there".