Luis Severino allowed six runs in three-plus innings, including three in a seven-run fourth inning, as the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
1) After throwing four scoreless innings in last Wednesday's wild-card game, Severino (0-1) gave up six runs, seven hits and two walks on Monday, getting pulled after he loaded the bases in the fourth. Lance Lynn surrendered a bases-loaded walk to Mookie Betts and a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi that gave the Red Sox a 7-0 lead.
2) Severino's counterpart, Nathan Eovaldi, shut down the Yankees, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings as the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead.
3) Boston's Brock Holt hit for the first cycle in MLB postseason history. He singled and hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning, doubled in the eighth inning and homered off Yankees catcher Austin Romine in the ninth.
4) New York's 5-9 hitters combined to go 1-for-15 with three strikeouts. The Yankees left five runners on base and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
5) Severino, according to ESPN's David Schoenfield, allowed seven balls in play with an exit velocity of at least 100 mph, tied for the most in any start this season.
Highlights from Game 3
Benintendi breaks it open. Red Sox lead 7-0 in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/P2acMShnK1- YES Network (@YESNetwork) October 9, 2018
1⃣0⃣ runs!- MLB (@MLB) October 9, 2018
Being late was the theme for the Yankees in Game 3.
The TBS telecast reported that Severino didn't get to the bullpen to warm up until about eight minutes before game time, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a severely late hook when his starter was visibly off.
Severino had zero command of his fastball, which provided him no ability to highlight his slider. Unlike Boston's Eovaldi, Severino could not get ahead of batters, and the Red Sox made him and the Yankees pay. Whether the rushed work in the bullpen affected Severino or not, he failed to deliver when the Yankees had a chance to force the Red Sox against the wall. Instead, Boone backed into the wall and dragged his club with him.
Severino was clearly struggling to find the strike zone and getting hit hard when he did throw one over the plate. We can argue that Boone should have pulled Severino in the third inning, but it was criminal that the Yankees skipper sent the right-hander out for the fourth inning. If that wasn't bad enough, Boone waited until the bases were loaded without an out to call on the bullpen and then turned to a long-reliever instead of a dominant arm that was needed to get out of the mess.
The Yankees will have to quickly turn the page and truthfully have to hope they are on the other side of a laugher in Game 4, because Boone's ability to spin a game out of control is enough to make fans cry.
CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Yankees look to stave off elimination against Rick Porcello (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.