ALDS Game 3: I Have Faith?
BIG s/o to Christopher Columbus' for giving me this entire day to watch three playoff baseball games in their entirety. Let's say entire one more time, entire....okay cool.
Yeah, did he do some scummy shit? For sure, but I am heavily on the record that I'll take a day off for anything. I'm a take what you give me guy. I'm never gonna return a day off. If you'd rather work than get a free day off honoring a dude who got lost and killed everybody, then fuck you, man. Don't ruin it for me because you wanna be a fake good guy. Chris Columbo gives me a chance to watch 3 (THREE) division series games and for that I thank him. I haven't been able to catch much of the other series due to work and life so I am pumped today is a paid vacation essentially. Let's talk ball.
Going into game one I was a nervous wreck. Chris Sale and J.D. Martinez helped for like 2 hours, and I was like "holy shit this is going to be easy". It was not easy.
I was not a fan of pulling Sale that early. I would've let him pitch. Worst case scenario you give up a 3-run bomb and then the reliever comes in with nobody on. They call that a clean inning. I am all about making this series as easy for the bullpen as possible. Sale at 55% is better than most of our options at 100. I'd rather die with Sale. But the Sox held on to take the opener 5-4. But even in that win all my worries came to fruition. The pen had one scoreless inning, and that inning was pretty much Rick Porcello, who is not a reliever. When he has been used as one in the playoffs the results usually weren't good. He gave up Nelson Cruz' walk-off grand slam in the 2011 ALCS, and two years later in 2013 was on the mound when Salty drove in Jonny Gomes (huge hardo) to tie the ALCS up at one. But game 1 he was solid. Kimbrel gave up a bomb to Judge, but they held on, that's all the matters.
I was happy and calm after the game. It wasn't pretty, but it doesn't need to be. I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss. I think everybody would, I don't even know what that means.
I knew David Price was going in game 2, but I thought, maybe, just maybe, today would be the day.
It was not.
Even though Price was pretty not good, this was still a winnable game. He did get fucked by a few questionable calls behind the plate, but a pitcher of his caliber should be able to work through it. Even though it was a four run loss, after I've thought about it a little. There's a lot of stuff to build off of:
Brasier telling Sanchez to get in the god damn box, then strike him out. Brasier after struggling in game 1 was more of the Brasier we've seen all season. I LOVE what he did to El Gary.
Then the man every Red Sox fan wants to see success, Joe Kelly did just that by shutting down the Yankees offense for 2.1 innings only allowing 1 hit over the process. Heath Hembree whomst I've hated on all season pretty much, and wasn't even supposed to be here in October pitched two scoreless innings as well to keep the Red Sox dwindling hopes alive. If Heater can be the guy I'll take it. Prove all the haters like me wrong bro, it's not like I want you to fail. Become a Mark Bellhorn type guy for this team.
How fucking lame is Aaron Judge for doing this?
Carrying a boombox like it's 1983. Wow dude that Sinatra fall-asleep music really showed them! I cannot wait for Nathan Eovaldi to shut down his former club tonight. I am all in on Evo and am pumped he got moved up to start game 3. He can handle this environment and I watched a youtube video of his off-day interview and am all in on the man I'm calling Evo. I love Pretty Ricky and trust him in game 4. Dude won a Cy Young, and pitched a masterpiece against the Yanks at Fenway during the kill sweep. But Evo going tonight is the right move. This is this the swing game and Evo has just been the better pitcher since he got here. Eovaldi has a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings with the Sox.
Evo faces Luis Severino which is not awesome news for the Sox. This dude deals. He's had his stinkers, but on any night he can pitch 7 scoreless. This season his stats tell you a story of you don't know what you're gonna get when it comes to Sevy vs Boston. He's 2-2 in 5 starts with a 3.56 ERA in 30.1 innings pitched he's given up 12 earned runs, struck out 31, and walked 10. We know at least one of those starts (2 in total) was not a quality start.
With the series shifting to New York obviously those creatures/fans are going to be going crazy. Luckily as the visitors the Red Sox have a chance to quiet them early. I know a lot of people are getting on Mookie for 0 career playoff RBIs, but as a leadoff man he hasn't exactly gotten too many chances where he's failed. To me that's much more telling. What's his stats with men in scoring position? I can't remember many opportunities he's gotten to even have a sac-fly. He's played in 9 playoff games and has hits in 7 of them. ,242 isn't a great, Mookie Betts like batting average, but it's an incredibly small sample size. 4 doubles isn't bad. But this offense goes with Mookie Betts. They need more out of him. I still firmly believe they can get it. I'm not going to overreact over 9 games. That being said, the Red Sox could really use a nice 2 or 3 spot to start the game to take the pressure off Eovaldi. I'd love to see Mookie get on then Benny slap one 330 feet into the upper deck. I still think Evo can pitch well without that tonight, but it will be his first playoff start. Sure would be ideal to give him a little wiggle room early.
I don't think the winner of the tonight's game necessarily will win the series, but it sure will help. I am having trouble finding the exact stat but I'd guess the winner of game 3 when a series is tied 1-1 wins a majority of the time. I just think this game is much more important for the Red Sox than the Yankees since C.C. Sabathia is pitching the Yankees. He has absolutely owned the Red Sox since coming to New York.
I'd love the see the Sox shake up the lineup tonight. I've seen that Holt and Raffi struggle against Severino, like really bad, to the 1 hit combined variety.. But I don't care. They're lefties at Yankee stadium, let's play to the advantages. We can hit dinky 248 foot home runs too.
The Sox can do this. Let's not get all gloom and doom after a bad night by Price and let's not forget E-Rod either. He's just as much to blame IMO. Maybe run and cover first in the playoffs, dude? If the Sox take my advice and start Raffi and/or Brock I really like our chances tonight, with the big if they start either one of those guys. Brock is a guy who needs to be involved, he's a glue guy, in 2016 when he started over Shaw ( a move I didn't like at the time) he hit .400 and basically was the only guy who did anything for the Sox that series. I really want to see Nunez get a night off. What sucks about the ALDS is the short format causes you to panic. It's only been two games. The Sox have won one. They won 108 times all year, they can still win this series. But for my psychie it would sure help if they won tonight. I think they do. I think the Sox win tonight, then lost tomorrow and it's back to Boston for game 5 with Sale on the mound. I sure would love to see the Sox win in New York, it would definitely help to get Sale to start game one of the ALCS, but that isn't what matters right now. Just get there, get there, beat these fucking Yankees and lame ass Aaron Judge trying to play grandma music to get a rise out of us. Nice try captain chick lets, WE won the division, this bitch ain't over yet.
But, yes I'm incredibly nervous. Go Sox.
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