The New York Yankees were in a hole after a disappointing Game One of the ALDS, but shook it off and rebounded with an epic Game Two victory at Fenway Park. If the Yankees are to win the series, they will have to win their home games, as the possibility of a do-or-die Game Five at Fenway Park against Chris Sale is a tantalizing one. The ball is in the Yankees’ court now, they just have to execute and utilize their home field advantage and momentum to catch the Red Sox off-guard.
In the Yankees’ biggest game of the year, the AL Wild Card Game, Luis Severino got the ball and tossed four scoreless innings of seven-strikeout ball against a powerful Oakland Athletics lineup. Now, the Yankees face their next-biggest game of the year, and Aaron Boone has to feel confident sending Severino out to the mound. He is the unquestioned staff ace, and is the best option to pin the Red Sox into a 2-1 series hole. Against Boston this year, Severino is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in five starts.
The Red Sox were forced to abuse their bullpen due to short starts by Chris Sale and David Price in Games One and Two, and that included using projected Game Three starter Rick Porcello in relief. Porcello’s Game One relief appearance came at a cost: he isn’t fully recovered to start Game Three, which means that ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi will start for Boston. The enigmatic Eovaldi was up-and-down for the Sox (go figure), going 3-3 in 11 starts with a 3.33 ERA. He doesn’t strike out many, but he also doesn’t give up too many home runs. As a member of the Red Sox, Eovaldi faced the Yankees three times this year, allowing zero runs over 16 innings.
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
First pitch: 7:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time
TV broadcast: TBS
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280