Rick Porcello ready to attack Yankees hitters in Game 4

Rick Porcello ready to attack Yankees hitters in Game 4

Rick Porcello ready to attack Yankees hitters in Game 4

So much had to go horribly wrong for the New York Yankees and uncannily right for the Boston Red Sox for Game 3 of the American League Division Series to wind its way to one final, surreal moment late Monday night in a mostly empty Yankee Stadium: Austin Romine, the Yankees' backup catcher, on the mound facing Brock Holt, the Red Sox's reserve infielder, in the ninth inning of a massive blowout, with history riding on both sides of the matchup.

For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. "I was going to try to hit a home run, but I figured I'd ground out to first, be out in front of something", Holt said. Nathan Eovaldi tossed seven innings and struck out five. Having Severino start the fourth inning is no problem, but at least have some arms getting loose in the bullpen just in case.

Two-RBI triple to make it 10-0 in the fourth. "I'm trying to do the same thing that I have been doing; stay aggressive and try to get that first pitch strike out of the way". It was definitely the biggest game of Luis Severino's career.

As the Boston Red Sox's manager, Alex Cora needs to do what's best for the team - even if it means starting someone who's unsure he deserves to play. "Whatever these guys say, I don't know where it comes from".

"There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them", Major League Baseball said in a statement. Like so many of their milestones set or matched this season, the previous reference points were teams that won championships.

There were 329 pitches thrown by nine pitchers on Monday night, and it was Eovaldi who threw the 25 hardest. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? "Rick pitched that inning on Monday, so we felt like one more day is going to benefit him if we stay away from him".

It was New York's most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games. But tonight, I think we settled down pretty nice.

The Red Sox, Yankees and fans around the country will see plenty of Hernandez on Tuesday night, when he's scheduled to work the plate in Game 4. The meeting would happen one round later than in 2017, with the Astros finishing off a sweep of Cleveland and clinching a return to the ALCS.

Yankees right-hander Luis Severino looks on against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2018.

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