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Yankees Bounce Back With 6-2 Game 2 Win Over Red Sox

09 October 2018, 03:58 | Charlene Valdez

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Luis Severino will start Game 3 of the AL Division Series for the New York Yankees and CC Sabathia will start Game 4 against the Red Sox if necessary.

In a quick reminder, the Red Sox, down to their final inning of what was about to be a four-game sweep, tied Game 4 against Mariano Rivera, won in the 12th inning on a David Ortiz walk-off two-run homer and then went on to win the next three games - and then ended the franchise's 86-year World Series drought by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals. Price is also 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA in nine career playoff starts, so he's rarely been at his best in October. He's been good throughout his entire career against Boston, posting a 2.98 ERA over 117.2 innings.

He lasted just two-plus innings in Friday night's 5-4 loss, giving up five runs and four hits, including a homer. The Red Sox have the best record in baseball, and home field throughout the playoffs.

Watch for Gary Sanchez in this one. Andrew McCutchen has a.421 on-base percentage since being acquired on August 31, and Luke Voit had more home runs than any AL player from August 24 through the end of the regular season. He led the league with a.346 batting average.

The Red Sox' league-leading offense didn't take long to make an impact, and it helped them to a critical early lead.

The Brewers moved within one game of their first NL Championship Series appearance since 2011 as Jhoulys Chacin, starting on short rest, threw five scoreless innings and the bullpen maintained the shutout. Boston finds itself headed to the Bronx two defeats away from a premature end to what has been a historic season to date.

He went 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox this season. The 6-foot-5 left-hander struggled against the Yankees this season, going 0-3 with a bad 10.34 ERA in four starts, and he stands at 15-14 with a weak 4.90 ERA in 250 career innings against the Bronx Bombers. "It just so happened it wasn't his day". He'll face Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka.

Yankees players were seen crossing a labor union picket line in front of the downtown Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Thursday. Giancarlo Stanton might be the most unsafe hitter in baseball when he's at his best, and the slugger seems to be locked in with four home runs in his last five games.

Happ retired Boston in order in the second before being removed in the third after Betts led off with a double off the Green Monster, followed by a bunt single from Benintendi. After a visit from the trainer, he left the game for pinch-runner Brett Gardner.

I am taking the over in this one.

So, it only seemed appropriate that the Red Sox' shaky bullpen would rear its ugly head in the first game of the playoffs. David Price has struggled against the Yankees this season, and the Yankees lineup is hitting a combined.318 against the left-hander, plus the over went 3-0-1 in his four starts against NY this season.

Poyner dominated against right-handed hitters in the minor leagues this season, allowing just 25 hits and six earned runs while recording 84 outs against them.

The over on the Yankees team total is a strong play.

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