Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox are one win away from their first postseason series victory since their 2013 World Series title.Boston seized a 2-1 lead in the American League Division Series with a commanding 16-1victory over the archrival New York Yankees in Monday's Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi allowed oneearned run and fivehits while striking out five in seven innings during a clutch performance on the road.Brock Holt spearheaded the offensive fireworks by hitting for the first-ever postseason cycle http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-rusney-castillo-jersey , with his home run coming in the ninth inning off catcher Austin Romine.Red Sox Offense Most Dominant Force in PlayoffsThe Red Sox will lift the World Series trophy unless someone from the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Yankees figures out their offense.Boston led the league in runs (876), OPS (.792), batting average (.268) and hits (1,509) as a well-oiled machine that is relentless from one through nine. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are the anchors, but the unit proved its depth Monday with 18 hits from 10different players.MLB MLB1B: 鉁?B: 鉁?B: 鉁匟R: 鉁匴elcome to Brocktober. nKOgERVTNPSports Illustrated SInowxCGhbTo0saNathan Bernhardt jonbernhardtin fairness there might be larger problems with the proposition of beating the Red Sox if youre screaming for the bullpen with your best starter on the mound in the top of the thirdJoel Sherman Joelsherman114 runs is the 4th most the #Yankees have ever surrendered in their long playoff history -- and #RedSox might not be done yet.The showing came against Yankees ace Luis Severino, underscoring how dangerous this offense can be. Severino struck out seven in four shutout innings in the American League Wild Card Game win over the Oakland Athletics, but the Red Sox tagged him for six earned runs, seven hits and two walks in a mere three innings.Boston blew it open with a seven-run fourth, largely against Severino and Lance Lynn (three earned runs and one out recorded). Andrew Benintendi's bases-clearing double and Holt's two-RBI triple highlighted the explosion and drew raucous boos from the crowd.The Red Sox need to beat the Bronx Bombers one more time, but it's easy to look ahead to a matchup between their offense and the Houston starters. After all, the defending champions swept the Cleveland Indians and have time to set up a rotation featuring Justin Verlander Chris Sale Jersey , Dallas Keuchel and Gerrit Cole.Houston's trio allowed five earned runs in 17.1 innings against Cleveland but would face a much more daunting foe in Boston's lineup.The Red Sox offense is the hurdle that must be cleared to win a World Series, and Severino and Co. were not up to the task. Aaron Boone's Rookie Manager Moves Suck the Air Out of Yankee StadiumAaron Boone is not the most popular man in the Big Apple tonight.Like umpires, managers often make more headlines with mistakes than effective performances. Boone learned that the hard way in Game 3 of his first-career division series as a manager.Boston's formidable offense teed off on Severino with hard contact throughout the game, even when it didn't score in the first inning. A pitching implosion seemed inevitable to everyone except apparently Boone, who left his right-hander in to start the fourth frame after he allowed three runs in the previous two.Lindsey Adler lindseyadlerLuis Severino faced 18 batters. Ten of them reached base and one hit a sac-fly. That doesn鈥檛 count the hard-hit balls caught on the track. I dunno. I just dunno.Chris Emma CEmma670This day in age of power-armed relievers, it seems rare a starter is left in too long. Aaron Boone waited too long on Luis Severino, then went to another starter in a bases-loaded jam instead of a strikeout pitcher. Odd decision a turning point in this ALDS.Joel Sherman Joelsherman1Im sure part of equation for Boone is that with CC on mound tomorrow, figures will need lots of pen. But Severino does not have it tonight. #Yankees #RedsoxRyan Fagan ryanfaganI guess I just wonder, with the bases loaded and no outs, why you wouldnt bring in a reliever whos used to coming into a jam instead of an guy whos been a starter his entire career.Lindsey Adler lindseyadlerThis is a big, big ballpark. When those ~48k people are on your side, I doubt there鈥檚 nothing better. When they are *all* against you, boy.Not only did he leave Severino in too long http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-craig-kimbrel-jersey , but his decision to turn to Lynn鈥攚ho has been a starter for most of his career鈥攚ith the bases loaded and nobody out also exacerbated the issue. Lynn walked Betts and allowed Benintendi's double, essentially ending the game.Boone wasvociferously booedwhen he emerged from the dugout, as the once boisterous New York crowd took out its frustrations on the manager ashome-field advantage shifted back to Boston with each passing mistake.Nathan Eovaldi Emerges as Much-Needed Support for Chris SaleChris Sale is as dominant of a starting pitcher as there is in Major League Baseball, but the rest of Boston's staff was a serious question mark entering October.David Price provided no answers by allowing three earned runs and two homers in 1.2 innings of a Game 2 loss, continuing his postseason woes (5.28 career playoff ERA and 3.25 career regular-season ERA). 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello struggled for stretches this year on the way to a 4.28 ERA.Enter Eovaldi, who picked up the slack following Price's dud and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.Christopher Smith SmittyOnMLBNathan Big Game Eovaldi.Jeff Passan JeffPassanNathan Eovaldis stuff is just ridiculous. His first-inning fastball velocities: 99, 99, 99, 100, 100, 101, 100.Christopher Smith SmittyOnMLBObviously have to go with Nathan Eovaldi on 0 days rest in Game 4.He didn't do it against just any team either. The Bronx Bombers led the league with 267 home runs in the regular season and flashed their power in Game 2, but Aaron Judge went just 1-for-4 as most of the offense struggled in Game 3. It was the type of showing the Red Sox envisioned from Eovaldi when they acquired him via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in July.It was another solid performance in a Boston uniform Steven Wright Jersey , as his 3.33 ERA in 12 appearances would have been a career-best mark if projected across an entire season.The Red Sox are not going to win the World Series with just one effective starter, and Eovaldi did what Price is supposed to do and provided much-needed support for Sale in the middle of a playoff series. What's Next?The Red Sox have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the American League Championship Series against the Astros with a win in Tuesday's Game 4 in New York. The Cincinnati Reds will be happy to see the back of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich this season.With a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night, Yelich completed his second cycle of the 2018 campaign. His first cycle came against the Reds as well.Milwaukee Brewers BrewersWith his triple in the 6th, ChristianYelich became the first Brewers player to hit for the cycle since... Christian Yelich (8/29/18 at Cincinnati). Todays performance was the 9th cycle in franchise history. #ThisIsMyCrew ODCDF7WrcHThe Athletic's Joel Luckhaupt and C. Trent Rosecrans shared these stats from Yelich's feat:Joel Luckhaupt jluckhauptChristian Yelich had more cycles against the Reds in the last 20 days than the Reds hitters have in the last 59 seasons.C. Trent Rosecrans ctrentCORRECTION -- Yelich is the FIFTH player to hit for the cycle twice in one season. FIRST to do it against one team in the same seasonThe 2018 All-Star singled in the first inning to get his night started. Then came a double in the third inning, which put Curtis Granderson in position to score the first run of the game. Yelich later brought Granderson home with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 4-0 game.MLB MLB.ChristianYelich likes to keep Bernie_Brewer on his toes. PILU3jS9o2Monday's game won't win Yelich the National League MVP Award, but it's an example of why he at least warrants mention in the MVP conversation.He entered the night batting .313 with 30 home runs, 89 RBI and a .556 slugging percentage. His 5.7 WAR was best among NL position players, per FanGraphs.The Brewers are 2.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central but are three games up on the St. Louis Cardinals for the first of two wild-card spots. Should Milwaukee return to the postseason for the first time since 2011, Yelich's MVP case may be too strong to ignore.
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