The last time the Red Sox and Yankees met in the AL playoffs the year was 2004 and the Red Sox had not won a World Series in 86 years. Of course they came back to win 4 straight after being down 3-0 and losing game 3 by more than 10 runs! The rest was history as they would go on to reverse the curse and win the 2004 Championship!
Times have surely changed as the Sox have captured two more championships 2007 and 2013 and have been the perennial favorites to win the AL East year after year! This year was astounding though as the won 108 games with only 54 losses. Yet somehow they had to face the 2nd place Yankees who also won triple digit games at 100-62 and the Wild Card. Not exactly an easy first round opponent and many Boston fans were wringing their hands before the series began.
Chris Sale eased Red Sox Nation’s fears by pitching amazingly during Game 1 at Fenway. However, the next day the New York Yankees roughed up David Price as he couldn’t go past the second inning and the Red Sox lost putting them in the precarious position of having to win in New York to bring it back to Fenway! Home field advantage was lost and the Red Sox would have to come up big and get at least one game in New York to salvage the season and return to Fenway. The first round after all is only best of five!
These 2018 Red Sox outdid themselves and went on to win back to back games in the Bronx to close out the series and advance to meet the defending champion Houston Astros in the next round. Online bookies could not predict such outcome, so now Red Sox are going to face Houston and are favorites, according to online betting sites seen on BettingTop10.
In game three Manager Alex Cora shuffled the lineup inserting Devers, Holt, and Kinsler to the already packed with power batting order! The result was a whopping 16-1 victory that silenced the obnoxious New York crowd as Nathan Eovaldi pitched brilliantly also. Red Sox up 2 games to 1!
Still nobody could count out a Yankee comeback as they hit a large amount of HRs this year at home and could explode any game. Game 4 saw Rick Porcello take to the mound and shut down the Yankee bats as Christian Vasquez hit the game winning Homer into the short porch of the Yankees stadium. Chris Sale pitched out of the bullpen before Craig Kimbrel earned the save after the Yankees bats suddenly woke up!
With bases loaded the Yankees grounded to third base and a close call putout at First nabbed by a super stretched out Steven Pearce at 1B sealed the deal. Of course Yankees challenged the play but upon further review they saw that the ball was in the fielder’s glove before the runner stepped on the bag. The call stood and the runner was out, The Yankees were finally out of innings and the Red Sox went on to win 4-3! This ended the ALDS and the Red Sox were the ones to advance!
Cora managed masterfully when the Red Sox had their back against the Wall after Game 2. Now he and the Red Sox will have to do even better as the rookie manager goes against the team he won last year’s World Series with… The Houston Astros! The Red Sox have their work cut out for them in this matchup but hopefully they can win in spectacular fashion as they have all season…. all 111 wins and counting! Go Red Sox Go!