Should the Red Sox win Game 3, they have a former Cy Young Award victor pitching basically in his hometown (Porcello went to Seton Hall Prep) to try to advance Boston to the ALCS; if they lose, though, then they have the same former Cy Young Award victor pitching to keep them alive instead of a wild card in Eovaldi. But after throwing just 42 pitches Saturday, Price could function as a reliever before the series is out. Oh, he heard the boos.
However, if this was the case the question becomes how long Sale stays in the game.
Despite the struggles Sanchez had during the regular season, Judge has seen Sanchez putting in recent work to improve.
While manager Aaron Boone hasn't been afraid to deploy his bullpen early in postseason games, he said he's open to Severino pitching for however long he is effective. He realized the suckitude of David Price.
"Monday", Price said matter-of-factly when asked when he could conceivably pitch again. Suddenly, the Yankees looked on the way to a Game 4 with their season on the line.
With the Yankees desperate for a win, Price absolutely needed to bring his best against a team that has established a habit of getting the best of him.
Price was 0-3 with a 10.34 ERA against the Yankees this season and 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA in nine previous postseason starts during his career.
That is one of the reasons there wasn't 100 percent confidence in a 108-win team heading into the 2018 Major League Baseball playoffs. Game 4 starter CC Sabathia is a bit more of a wild card, right?
The home run against Price was Sanchez's lone at-bat against the Sox lefty starter, as Boston manager Alex Cora-whose managing style will never be confused with Grady Little-pulled Price after only 42 pitches.
He will have another chance to defeat those demons. "I think that's one of the reasons why we were so good during the regular season".
Can he get it done? "You know he's capable of that". I want to win a World Series. "And if we have the opportunity to score runs like that, even if it's 300 feet, I'll take it".
That may involve working out of the bullpen. That makes it a best-of-three as the AL East rivals shift to NY for games on Monday and Tuesday and the possibility now opened that the best regular-season team in the major leagues in 2018 won't have another home date. He (got people out) past year.
Regardless of the numbers, though, it's up to Eovaldi to execute - and going back to the thought of series placement, this is his first postseason start, so it's important to avoid a situation like Severino found himself in during last year's AL Wild Card Game, which was his first postseason start. The ideal way to do that is help this team stay in the series and eventually pitch the game of his life in a Game 5 scenario in front of that same crowd that booed him into the October night.