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It Was Supposed to Be Close, But the Red Sox Outclassed the Yankees in the ALDS

Luis Severino on the mound as long as he did in Game 3. And yeah, Boone should’ve replaced Severino with a reliever whose job is to get out of a jam rather than toss in former starter-and-not-great-pitcher Lance Lynn to clean up the mess. And fine, Boone was once again too conservative with his bullpen in Game 4, allowing the Sox an early lead.’ data-reactid=”17″>The Yankees weren’t. Yes, the Sox’s first-year manager Alex Cora had a much better strategy than the Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone. And sure, Boone has been raked across the coals for leaving Luis Severino on the mound as long as he did in Game 3. And yeah, Boone should’ve replaced Severino with a reliever whose job is to get out of a jam rather than toss in former starter-and-not-great-pitcher Lance Lynn to clean up the mess. And fine, Boone was once again too conservative with his bullpen in Game 4, allowing the Sox an early lead.

But his team just didn’t show up. You can’t score four runs in 18 innings of baseball and except to win the divisional series.


Red Sox are still better, as they have been on average for a decade and a half now.’ data-reactid=”35″>Hopefully it will be. The Yankees have too much talent not to figure out how to harness it. Part of that’s on Boone as he learns to manage his young team. No one in Boston is under any illusion that this season was easy, or that New York isn’t once again inching closer to becoming the rival it used to be. But the Red Sox are still better, as they have been on average for a decade and a half now.