Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Yankees' Severino confident heading into Game 3 start vs. Red Sox

Looks like Yankees dodged Aaron Hicks scare Modal Trigger Aaron Boone looks at the injured Aaron Hicks during Game 1 of the ALDS. Getty Images
Betsy Taylor | 09 October, 2018, 07:38

David Price walks back to the dugout after being pulled in the second inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees.

With this Price nearly always wrong at this time of year, the early damage was enough to allow the Yankees to square the ALDS at a win apiece.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

Aaron Judge helped chase David Price early by hitting a home run to a part of Fenway Park where balls rarely travel. On a Boston-area sports-talk radio show this author happened to catch while driving back to NY on Sunday, hosts argued that the Red Sox should eat the remainder of Price's seven-year, $217-million contract and send him packing this offseason. 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. Enough damage had already been done, given a dormant edition of the Red Sox offence had shown up for Game 2.

"No, no. He's one of our starters", Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said when that question was posed.

A Cy Young candidate during the first half of the 2018 season, Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts prior to the Midsummer Classic. "So I'm definitely looking forward to that and giving us a chance to win". He used Rick Porcello in Game 1 and then Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 2. No one saw it land as the belt easily cleared the Green Monster in left field and was clocked at 479 feet. But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox.

Five innings later, Sanchez crushed a more poorly located pitch, depositing Eduardo Rodriguez's 92.7 miles per hour two-seam fastball well beyond the high wall in left-center.

Sanchez is now 7-for-14 against Price in his career with six home runs.

Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three.


NY is built for Yankee Stadium, where it takes advantage of the short right-field porch and hit 144 of its record 267 home runs.

In this case, it was early in the game that Boone chose to send Luis Severino out to the mound. Gleyber Torres finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.

As he led off the second inning of this most recent game, facing a pitcher he has owned throughout his career, Sanchez got going by lining a ball into the seats atop the 37-foot, left-field wall. But his postseason struggles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice versa; he can opt out of his contract after the season, and if he can find something close to the four years and $124 million he is owed, he might just take it.

And as a rookie in 2008, he earned a four-out save for the Rays in the AL Championship Series against Boston. At Fenway Park, however, he is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA.

Price and Tanaka are flawless examples as well and that was on full display in Game 2 on Saturday.

The potential good news for Happ?

Game 5 would be back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1.

In varying levels of prominence throughout these playoffs, teams who were dealt by the Jays at the deadline are at least involved. "I'm excited. This is what we play for coming out of spring training".

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