The win over Oakland in last week's wild-card game improved NY to 7-0 at home in the postseason since the start of the 2017 playoffs.
"CC is our guy", Judge said. "Every single pitch they're locked in". At Yankee Stadium specifically, Price is 0-6 with a 9.79 ERA, and has allowed 13 home runs in just more than 30 innings since he joined the Red Sox. The over is 6-1-1 in the last eight Boston games overall.
On the same token, Porcello is "higher up the depth chart", or so it seems, in the Red Sox rotation, so moving him is a bit of a hedge. Results notwithstanding, he should've come in earlier in the inning rather than Lynn.
It is useful to remember that the night the Yankees seized a 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS, it was thanks to a 19-8 thrashing of the Sox at Fenway Park.
"This is my first postseason start", Eovaldi said.
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.
Or did they want to keep it as is seeing he only threw 15 pitches and risk it in their biggest game of the year? Red Sox relievers have given up five in 11 innings.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora says he made the decision because Porcello pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and he wanted to give him an extra day of rest.
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Every member of the Red Sox organization who was introduced - players, coaches, trainers - received the anticipated round of boos at Yankee Stadium. save for one. 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. He pitched for NY in 2015 and '16 before injuring his elbow, which required Tommy John surgery for the second time.
"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark - try and get quick outs, try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", he said.
Added manager Aaron Boone: "He had what he meant to go down there and get done".
Yankees players were ready for familiar sounds when the series resume. Andrew Benintendi broke the game open with a bases-loaded double right after Betts's walk, and Bogaerts picked up two hits.
They weren't the only offense of the game. "This is going to be a little crazier for this Boston game, for sure".
"He didn't rush to get in there or any of that stuff", the pitching coach added.
Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland had what Cora called aggressive treatment on his right hamstring, which forced him from Game 2.
The Yankees will have to quickly turn the page and truthfully have to hope they are on the other side of a laugher in Game 4, because Boone's ability to spin a game out of control is enough to make fans cry.