How Sharps Are Betting Red Sox-Yankees Game 4

Grant SmithOct 14, 2018

Hernandez was the plate umpire, a night after he blew three calls at first base that were overturned by replay.

Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, meanwhile, was far more effective, giving up only one run and four hits over five innings, striking out one with no walks while throwing 48 of 65 pitches for strikes.

NY mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.

On Severino's night went, as Aaron Boone barreled on in what quickly turned into full disregard of caution or urgency.

With Luis Severino scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS, there's nothing like a bit of gossip surrounding the Yankees ace to get the juices flowing.

In stark contrast to Boone, Red Sox Manager Alex Cora could seemingly do no wrong these past two nights, his every move producing not just the desired result, but something extra. The last time NY got its doors blown off like this was in the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks where they lost 15-2 in Game 6, according to USA Today.

Yankees and Red Sox fans are, of course, nothing if not patient and understanding...

Since being traded to Boston from the Tampa Bay Rays, Eovaldi hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 innings against the Yankees while giving up just six hits. "At the end of the day we got the win and we're looking forward to Houston".

The ALCS is set: the Red Sox will do battle with the Astros.

Nothing stood more for Cora's aggressive style than his decision to turn to putative Game 5 starter Chris Sale for the eighth inning with the Red Sox holding a 4-1 lead.

Instead, the 24-year-old right-hander was knocked around by a focused Boston Red Sox lineup, setting the stage for the Yankee worst ever postseason loss.

Making his first playoff start this year, Holt opened the fourth with a single off Severino and capped the 26-minute outburst with a triple to right field.

And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn, rather than someone from the deep NY bullpen.

The Red Sox made it 4-0 when Vazquez lined a 2-1 fastball into the right field seats off Zach Britton. He knows stuff. He got the usual sports-radio yelping for deciding to start Ian Kinsler at second base over Game 3 cyclist Brock Holt, a choice that at the very least was defensible given that Sabathia held lefties to a.180/.339/.230 slash line this year.

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