The Latest Postseason Twist: Starting Pitchers That Double as Relievers

The Latest Postseason Twist: Starting Pitchers That Double as Relievers

In the 17 starts that followed, Sevy pitched much more tentatively, going 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA. "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league.

Game 5 would be back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary. Porcello could be the only Red Sox pitcher unavailable, as Boston will be loathe to enter a Game 4 with its season on the line in a ballpark where it posted just a 3-6 mark in nine games this season.

The moment offered a reminder of Mariano Rivera's enthusiastic reception at Fenway Park prior to the home opener of the 2005 season, six months after Rivera's two blown saves in the ALCS paved the way for the Red Sox' first title in 86 years.

Why he's here: Ortiz never gets the chance to play superstar without the guy who had exactly zero at-bats for the Red Sox in the series.

"Obviously this is my first, but I'm excited", Eovaldi said.

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With four more years and $127 million left on Price contract, there is plenty of time to debate whether his acute postseason woes are some sort of character flaw, such as a sheer inability to handle the pressure, or a random fluke of statistics and small sample sizes.

For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. At long last, Green got Vázquez to ground out to end the inning, finally putting the cap on a seven-run outburst that saw the score run up to 10-0. Red Sox relievers have given up five in 11 innings.

Manager Alex Cora has not decided whether Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 after Porcello appeared out of the bullpen in Game 1.

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.

Eovaldi opened the season with Tampa Bay coming off the second Tommy John surgery of his career. Eovaldi, who started a combined 48 games for the Yankees in 2015 and 2016, has dominated his old teammates to the tune of no earned runs allowed in 16 innings with the Red Sox.

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His goal is to keep bats and fans quiet.

Added manager Aaron Boone: "He had what he meant to go down there and get done". "They were pretty loud for that Oakland game". Mookie Betts, who had just one hit through the first two games, reached base three times, scored twice, and drove in a pair. Like when you throw 100 and you place it in the right spot, even if they take a good swing, you can get missed hits.

Sure, don't be set for one of the biggest games of your life.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel tossed a football with pitching coach Dana LeVangie before throwing a baseball in the outfield. Game 4 starter CC Sabathia is a bit more of a wild card, right?

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