Severino, Yankees Embarrassed In 16-1 Loss To Red Sox

Tanya Simon
October 9, 2018

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.

Cora was forced into the Pearce move when Moreland tweaked his right hamstring in Game 2, but for the others he relied partly on intuition.

Devers was hitless in 12 career at-bats against Severino.

Just like that, Holt has become the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle in the postseason. The over is 6-1-1 in the last eight Boston games overall. Aaron Boone, also in his first year as skipper, seemed to push all the wrong buttons on Monday. This season there has been just one game with such a dynamic, with Sabathia allowing just one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings.

In retrospect, this felt like the last time the Red Sox played a postseason game at Yankee Stadium. "For me to pitch the way I did and for us to score as many runs as we did, it was a big game for us tonight".

For the Red Sox to salvage this game, their beleaguered bullpen would have to keep the Yankees' offense at bay for the rest of the game, and their own lineup would need to chip away at what was then a three-run lead against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and the army of flamethrowing relievers they had in reserve.

The real difference was evident not just in the results but in the way the managers discussed them. Boone worked as a color commentator for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. He manages as though every game is winner-take-all. Ortiz hit.545 in the ALDS sweep of the Angels, including a walk-off homer in Game 3.

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Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three. For all the calm he exudes in the dugout, the trait that defines Cora's style is his urgency.

Severino clearly wasn't ready to pitch and the Red Sox feasted on him. Signed to a seven-year $217 million before the 2016 season - which made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball - he has alternated between brilliant and bad, with most of the latter example coming in his biggest starts.

And the home run came off a position player. Both the Judge and Sanchez homers came on 91-mph fastballs, a couple of ticks below Price's 93-mph average this season. Expect run support as Eovaldi is inconsistent and will likely struggle in the home run haven of Yankee Stadium. And the tone was set again on Monday.

Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game.

"It just kind of shows you what kind of team we have and that we could explode at any minute", Betts said.

"Over the course of the season, talking to him, and we have a great relationship, I think, we're very close, the way he goes about his business and how fiery he is and how he prepares. this guy, he gets it", said Cora. "Hopefully I can get it".

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