So when the embattled lefty's name was called during player introductions before Game 3 of the series at Yankee Stadium on Monday, the Bronx crowd greeted Price with a warm ovation and chants of "M-V-P".
The other shoe dropped again Monday night, and the Red Sox took advantage, pushing the Yankees to the brink of elimination.
Severino's first pitch was rifled to the wall in center field by Betts, the likely AL most valuable player, for a 400-foot out. "But Nate, he can even get away with mistakes, you know what I mean?" Oh, and the Bucky Effing Dent game doesn't technically count - that unforgettable tiebreaker contest went down in the history books as Game 163 of the 1978 season - but those other 21 games have produced an impressive number of postseason heroes. You could definitely make the argument that Boston is lucky that it lost only one of the first two games, but that's just spilled milk.
Severino clearly wasn't ready to pitch and the Red Sox feasted on him. "But, I'm just here to try to help the guys out there". "I don't think it's quite settled in yet". I told a couple of teammates that he has no idea that in 2016 and '18, Betts and Mike Trout will have finished 2-1 and 1-2 in the MVP voting and Wins Above Replacement science. "We felt the matchup was good for him".
The Red Sox scored seven runs in all during the inning, building a 10-run lead. On a Boston-area sports-talk radio show this author happened to catch while driving back to NY on Sunday, hosts argued that the Red Sox should eat the remainder of Price's seven-year, $217-million contract and send him packing this offseason.
"Obviously this is my first, but I'm excited", Eovaldi said.
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"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said. Then in the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine became the second position player in Major League Baseball history to pitch during a postseason game.
Devers singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs and knocked in another. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that's the first time Severino had given up that many hard-hit balls in a game since May 19 at Kansas City. He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth and was charged with six runs and seven hits. J.D. Martinez then grounded out, but Xander Bogaerts followed up with a single to put runners on the corners and keep the Red Sox rally alive.
Severino said. "I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do, I don't know why he was saying that".
Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday.
"I found out once we had landed (in New York) that I was going to start Game 3", Eovaldi added of the move. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth.
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.