Most observers will likely favor the Astros over the Red Sox (despite the latter's 108 win in the regular season) in the ALCS, but the sims don't see it that way. Boston did so with class, pure joy and a hint of pettiness.
After 63 seconds that felt like a lot longer, crew chief Mike Winters heard the decision, took off his headset, raised his right fist and made it official: The Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night to win the AL Division Series 3-1, setting up a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Astros.
Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches. Price's postseason ERA as a starter is 6.03, and he has allowed 13 home runs in 59⅔ innings. Kinsler made it 2-0 with a double over Gardner's head in left, and Nunez made it 3-0 with a single to left.
Boston recorded its fourth straight postseason win in NY.
When Boone brought in Zach Britton to start the fourth, Christian Vazquez led off with an opposite-field drive over the short porch in right field for his first career post-season homer. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said afterward.
Game 1 is Saturday night in Boston. "I don't think the most nervous game or something like that, but I think the final outs of that game, with guys on base and Gary Sanchez hit that ball up and the air and I'm like, 'Oh my God.' Then you've got (Andrew Benintendi who) was going slowly back to the wall and I'm like, 'Stop going back!"
Sabathia's criticism mirrors that of three-time Cy Young victor Pedro Martinez, who sounded off on Hernandez's controversial calls on Monday night when three of his decisions at first base were overturned upon replay review.
"He's absolutely bad", Sabathia said.
"Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel", Martinez said.