They're like the modern reboot. "We've won so many different ways from leading the game the whole entire way to a loss - we usually play well the next game". Pearce slotted into the No. 3 spot in the batting order, a move that raised some eyebrows, with J.D. Martinez dropping to the cleanup spot.
For months, Martinez led all of baseball in home runs and finished second with 42 total long balls.
Boston has a terrific lineup, but New York's offense doesn't take a backseat to the Red Sox. The teams are good.
Bregman was the first of four Astros to smack solo home runs, with George Springer and Jose Altuve hitting back-to-back homers in the fifth inning off Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1).
An ineffective left-handed starting pitcher departed the Fenway Park mound in the third inning on Friday night. The games were not surprisingly high scoring. Matt Barnes came on and allowed one of the inherited runners to score, but avoided any more damage despite loading the bases at one point in the frame. It will be Sale in Game 1, which is no surprise given his elite level performance again this season when healthy.
Sale is still recovering from left shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list twice in the second half of the season and limited him to 12 innings from July 11 until September 11. He's 9-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 16 starts at home compared to 7-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 14 starts on the road.
For his career, Happ is 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) against the Red Sox.
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The other shoe dropped again Monday night, and the Red Sox took advantage, pushing the Yankees to the brink of elimination. Severino said. "I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do, I don't know why he was saying that".
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J.A. Happ was a candidate to start the AL wild-card game, so it's no surprise he's Aaron Boone's choice here. Despite a 2-2 record, Tanaka owns a 1.44 ERA in four career postseason starts.
He is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 postseason games - three starts - and was pitching in relief when he was on the champion Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.
Workman has held opponents scoreless in 10 of his last 13 appearances, and Cora saw enough despite the five earned runs coughed up by Workman in just 1 1/3 innings over two outings against NY in that span. When the rivals went head-to-head in the playoffs for the first time in 1999, NY eliminated Boston in five games before winning the second of three straight championships.
It should not take much to focus these Red Sox. Both bullpens are deep, but it's worth noting that closers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman each struggled during the season series.
On Friday. Price chose to deflect rather than defend his post-season record. That might sound kinda backward, but that's baseball in 2018.
"I think they're ready and relish the opportunity to go up against the game's best this year", Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone said of his players.
While a low-profile acquisition when they dealt for him from the Jays in late June, the Red Sox wanted Pearce for some depth hitting against lefties of which Happ, of course, is part of that breed.