"Me watching from afar past year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw intensity connection that the fan base had with the players".
"Over the course of the season, talking to him, and we have a great relationship, I think, we're very close, the way he goes about his business and how fiery he is and how he prepares. this guy, he gets it", said Cora.
With the Red Sox just two losses from becoming an all-time failure, Alex Cora made four changes to his starting lineup, and jump-started his offense to the second-most postseason runs in franchise history, highlighted by Brock Holt becoming the first player ever to hit for a cycle in the playoffs after he spent the first two games on the bench. "I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything". Obviously, you don't expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to.
Though Severino acknowledged he struggled with the command of his fastball, he, too, said he completed his normal pregame routine and knew what time the game started.
Aaron Boone will be hoping for a longer outing from Severino, who posted a 3.39 ERA, 3.10 xFIP and 10.35 K/9 in 191.1 innings in 2018, on Monday night. He's also been one of the Red Sox's hottest hitters, though, posting a.354 batting average and ridiculous 1.123 OPS over the final month of the regular season.
Nice we got a cycle in there. It doesn't matter how many times he sues Major League Baseball.
"It's been a while since Boston played Yankees in the playoffs". "It was a special moment for me".
Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third. "I don't think it's quite settled in yet".
"Two places that are historic franchises where the fans are definitely rowdy for their home team and against the visiting team", Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said.
Here are some thoughts on Boston's victory in Game 3.
The only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series. Fortunately for the Yankees, it only counts as one game.
Nobody, not even Chris Sale, threw a better start this season for the Red Sox than Rick Porcello. Plus, a win tonight will clinch the best-of-five series and send the Sox into the ALCS against Houston. 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".