The New York Yankees were hoping Luis Severino would give them an ace-like performance in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. 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.
Severino allowed six runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks, while only retiring nine batters. The Yankees never recovered, losing Game 3 of the American League Division Series, 16-1.
The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 16-1. That was the worst loss in playoff history for New York. The Yankees might have been worse than Angel Hernandez tonight, which is saying something.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 9, 2018
The question manager Aaron Boone will now have to answer is why Severino was allowed to start the fourth inning after clearly being on the ropes after three.
Severino started the fourth inning by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. Only then did Boone come to get his young ace, but the snowball was already rolling down the hill by then. All three baserunners Severino left behind would cash in once Lance Lynn took over. Then three more scored against Lynn, and another one came against Chad Green.
The Red Sox scored seven runs in all during the inning, building a 10-run lead.
Yankees dismiss issues warming up
Apparently there was some miscommunication before the game, which led to Severino only having eight minutes to prepare for first pitch.
The situation gained some traction on social media. Especially after this video surfaced.
However, both Boone and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the situation was being overblown.
Talk of Luis Severino's preparation for ALDS Game 3 has been blown out of proportion, says Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild. pic.twitter.com/qvSYnvopAi
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) October 9, 2018
Luis Severino’s postseason struggles
Something that’s not being overblown is Severino’s postseason struggles.
This outing continued that troubling trend for Severino. In six postseason outings, he’s only cleared the fifth inning once. This was his second shortest postseason outing after recording only one out in the 2017 wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins.
He also created his own unfortunate spot in Yankees postseason history.
Luis Severino: 1st pitcher in Yankees history to allow 6+ Runs and 7+ Hits in an outing of 3 IP or fewer in postseason game at Yankee Stadium.
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) October 9, 2018
The Yankees understandably expect more from Severino. But they clearly gave him too much rope in ALDS Game 3.
Bullpen provides no relief
Perhaps Boone gave Severino too much rope because he didn’t have a good feeling about his bullpen. Yankees relievers added gasoline to the fire, with all five who entered allowing at least one run.
Three runs were charged to Lance Lynn, who retired just one batter. Chad Green allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings. Jonathan Holder allowed one run in two innings, making him New York’s most effective pitcher in the game. Stephen Tarpley was touched for three runs in the eighth inning. Then in the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine became the second position player in MLB history to pitch during a postseason game.
He’ll be the answer to a trivia question for that, and also for allowing Brock Holt’s ninth-inning home run, which wrapped up the first-ever cycle in postseason history.
There’s no other way to put it. This was as ugly a game as you’ll see a team play in the postseason. Fortunately for the Yankees, it only counts as one game. On the downside, they’re now one loss from elimination.
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