Of course, the Red Sox's 6-2 loss to the Yankees, which knotted this best-of-five series at one game apiece, couldn't be pinned entirely on Price - who lasted just 1 ⅔ innings and 42 pitches and gave up three earned runs in his latest postseason dud - but try telling that to the fans who want to embrace the team's highest-paid player and April-to-September standout, but simply never will until he starts winning games for them in October.
"Everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me", said Sanchez, who joined Yogi Berra as the only catchers in Yankees history with multihomer postseason games. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy. I know my struggle, and I know what it was that wasn't working that time. The 24-year-old was effectively wild, giving up two hits, four walks and striking out seven in four scoreless innings.
Eovaldi is a true power pitcher who relies heavily on his four-seam fastball, which hits 100 miles per hour on the radar gun, and his cutter. He threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings against them on July 1 and allowed one run in seven innings when he last faced them on September 19.
Sanchez also had a solo shot in the second inning to give NY a 2-0 lead.
Asked about what he's learned about facing the Red Sox so many times, Severino wouldn't provide much information. Cora made that option sound possible, but he also said such a move would not be for the rest of the postseason - should the Red Sox advance. "If you hear that from Yankees staff or something like that, maybe you can believe it, but I don't know where you get that from". Luis Severino is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees against Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi. In 2013, he started and earned a complete-game victory in a wild-card tiebreaker against the Texas Rangers, although that is considered a regular-season game.
He has larger expectations for Monday. The job requires foresight and decisiveness and feel. The solo blast was his sixth in 15 career regular season and postseason at-bats off David Price.
".it could be three, could be four, could be - but I'm still open to it being eight innings", Boone said.
It didn't take long to determine where this one was heading, mere minutes actually, as Price's career record as a playoff starter plummeted to 0-9. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? "Whatever I have to do to help us do that, I'm fine with". "I think it's just feeling like I'm at home". "These guys are very good hitters".
Gary Sanchez did him one better.
Perhaps more notably, Sanchez brought two more Yankees home with him to extend the lead to 6-1, a margin that was going to be easily insurmountable.
Of course, Sanchez's presence in the lineup, especially given his two home runs in Saturday's Game 2 win, is important, but Boone said his role as a game caller and on defense can not be underestimated. "He's been able to do that so far in the postseason, limiting the mistakes". So we talked a little bit yesterday. "We saw him start to get that back towards the end of the season".
That's what the Yankees will need in order to take a series lead against Boston.