The ultimate wisdom of that decision is in the process of being tested here in October.
Thanks to a pair of towering Sanchez homers - one that landed in the seats atop Fenway Park's Green Monster and another that cleared it, tracked at an estimated 479 feet - the Yankees beat their rival Boston Red Sox 6-2 on Saturday night, evening the American League Division Series at 1-1.
Forty years to the day after New York Yankees catching legend Thurman Munson launched a pivotal, go-ahead home run in Game 3 of the 1978 ALCS, the Bronx Bombers' current catcher, Gary Sanchez, had a similarly special postseason day at the plate.
"No, no, he's one of our starters", Cora said. In fact, six of the eight teams have players that were in Dunedin in spring training. He pitched for the Yankees in 2015 and '16 before injuring his elbow, which required Tommy John surgery for the second time.
The Red Sox had three prior seven-run innings in franchise history: One in the 2004 ALDS against the Angels, one in the 2007 ALDS (also against the Angels), and a third in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies. The veteran righty admirably and ably ate innings in Game 1, but he's no one's idea of a high-leverage reliever.
Four batters later, Red Sox manager Alex Cora had seen enough and what could well end up being a beleaguered Boston bullpen by the time this series is done was summoned early. Like when you throw 100 and you place it in the right spot, even if they take a good swing, you can get missed hits. Eovaldi has allowed at least seven hits in four of his 11 starts with Boston, and he's failed to record an out in the sixth inning seven times.
And as a rookie in 2008, he earned a four-out save for the Rays in the AL Championship Series against Boston.
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"This fan base I feel like absolutely connected with kind of this new generation of Yankee player, this young corps that has developed", Boone said.
Who follows Eovaldi in the late innings, if necessary, is anybody's best guess. Surely, by dint of the law of averages or just sheer luck, Price should have won Game 2 on Saturday.
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino looks on against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2018.
Well, that question is a lot more complicated than one might think.
Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Craig Kimbrel are the likely options should Boston hold the lead beyond Eovaldi's start.
Here's Aaron Judge walking past the Red Sox clubhouse on his way to the bus.
Whether fatigue or dead-arm played any part in Severino's less than stellar summer, Martinez's supposed declaration of an injury to the Yankees No. 1 pitcher is not only inflammatory if untrue, but insanely underhanded if indeed accurate - considering Severino credited much of his 2017 success to the Hall of Famer. "So I'm definitely looking forward to that and giving us a chance to win". But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox. "To get traded over here, I'm super excited to be in this situation".