Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Boston Red Sox to start Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3 of ALDS

Boston Red Sox to start Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3 of ALDS

After broadcasting his show from Fenway Park on Saturday night and watching the Yankees take Game 2 of their ALDS against the Red Sox, Evan Roberts wasted no time sharing his thoughts on the game - he recorded the latest edition of his podcast from inside his vehicle leaving the ballpark.

Four batters later, Red Sox manager Alex Cora had seen enough and what could well end up being a beleaguered Boston bullpen by the time this series is done was summoned early.

And there is no guarantee he will get another chance in 2018 - unless, perhaps, it is in relief - with Game 3 of this series to be played Monday night at Yankee Stadium, and the first team to notch two more wins advancing to the AL Championship Series next weekend.

Eovaldi had a 3.33 ERA in 11 starts for the Red Sox after he was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay.

Since lasting just 1/3 of an inning in last year's wild-card game, Severino is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four playoff starts, however he has pitched past the fifth inning just once.

Price was terrible Saturday as he allowed three runs and two homers before he was removed just 1 2/3 innings into the game. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face. Price then walked back-to-back batters with two outs and gave up Andrew McCutchen's RBI single on what could be his last pitch in a Red Sox uniform.

After one of his shortest outings of the season - and his only disastrous start since becoming a New York Yankee, Friday's Game 1 losing starter J.A. Happ was in shock afterwards. Still, without the certainty the Red Sox thought they might have him Steven Wright and/or Eduardo Rodriguez we might see some dice-rolling.

The catcher registered the first multi-home run game by a Yankee in the postseason against the Red Sox since Hideki Matsui hit a pair in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS. He had been open with the media in recent weeks, perhaps to a fault, about how important this October would be to the mission of redirecting the narrative arc of his career.

Unfortunately for the 108-win Sox, the pressure cooker that is playoff baseball was limited for all of one batter, as Aaron Judge hit a 445-foot homer over the Green Moster in left-center to give NY a quick 1-0 lead.

Sanchez then connected off Price to lead off the second, a rocket into the second row of the Green Monster seats. In the top of the second inning, Gary Sanchez returned another cutter to the Green Monster for the Yankees' second long ball of the night. I want to go out there and throw the ball well, and help the Red Sox win.

Price said he lacked command on a few critical pitches and the Yankees took advantage. "And if we have the opportunity to score runs like that, you know, even if it's 300 feet, I'll take it". "And that's something I wasn't able to do tonight".

Current Yankees hitters are batting just.223 with a.597 OPS and one career home run off Eovaldi in 109 plate appearances.

And it almost happened that way. There will also be, one presumes, more chances in the future for Price to flip this very bad script. "My confidence isn't down". "My main goal is to win in the playoffs, to win a World Series". I was ready to go. But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game open.

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