Lo Duca: Will Bullpen Cost Red Sox A Trip to the ALCS?

08 October, 2018, 20:09 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka started for NY and allowed Boston batters only one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings.

If there is a pocket in the lineup that doesn't involve Gary Sanchez, this could absolutely be a scenario.

The Yankees will turn to their ace, but the Red Sox could have the advantage heading into Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium tonight.

He's looked fine lately, and the Yankees hope that continues Monday night in The Bronx. Over the last two postseasons NY is 7-0 at Yankee Stadium in the playoffs. He is one of the most dominant pitchers of all time before the postseason, but he isn't quite as good when the games matter most.

"[It was] a little bit of a head-scratcher because we were still kind of seeing the velocity, " Boone said.

Luis Severino against Nathan Eovaldi might sound like a dream scenario for the Bronx Bombers, as they return home with the series tied and the momentum in their favor.

Andrew McCutcheon hit a run-scoring double to left-field in the second for a 3-0 NY lead, prompting the Red Sox to remove starting pitcher David Price.

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.

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That's when Sanchez aimed one in the same direction, sending it out of the park and onto Lansdowne Street.

The steep, sloping stands and intimate dimensions of Fenway Park, the "lyric little bandbox" of Updike's famous depiction, seem created to cause the impression, particularly on cool October nights, of walls closing in on the unsuspecting opponent standing at the center of its diamond. "Obviously, in the playoffs, game planning is part of it, and I know they're going to be ready, but we will, too". "But a homer is a homer".

"I've got to tell you there's nothing like this season", admitted Sanchez.

New York's bullpen has allowed one run in 10 innings, led by Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman. Maybe don't pitch to him next time?

"We have to keep it in the park", the first-year Red Sox manager said of a Yankees offence that set a major league record with 267 regular-season homers in 2018, a mark that had stood since the 1997 Seattle Mariners hit 264.

Since lasting just 1/3 of an inning in last year's wild-card game, Severino is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four playoff starts, however he has pitched past the fifth inning just once. It was the first time in 299 regular-season and postseason starts that Price failed to strike out a batter. "I really just kept trying to pound the zone and stay aggressive". "That's it", Price said. Porcello's only a few days removed from working out of Boston's bullpen, having thrown 15 pitches and picked up a pair of outs in the eighth inning of its Game 1 win Friday. But I know I'm more than capable of winning games as a starter in October. "The last couple outings, I came back and doing a better job".

The Red Sox managed just five hits with a Xander Bogaerts solo homer in the fourth the only swat of significance. He entered with a 6.34 ERA over his previous 12 starts, then threw seven innings of one-run ball.

At one point, Brasier was so angry about Sanchez's delay tactics that cameras caught him telling the catcher to "get back in the f--ing box". Although Sanchez told ESPN's Buster Olney, postgame, that he didn't think much of it, considering Brasier struck out Sanchez with a 97 miles per hour fastball, Brasier's brashness went unwarranted upon Sanchez's nail in the coffin homer, two frames later. But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game open.

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