Yankees vs. Red Sox: Eight numbers that put the brutal Bronx beatdown into perspective
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The Boston Red Sox eviscerated the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday night, with the Yankees giving up the most runs in the team’s postseason history.
It was the kind of debilitating beatdown that a 108-win team can hand out to any team on any given night — but no one expected it to happen in Yankee Stadium in a pivotal Game 3 against the 100-win Yankees.
Luis Severino started the game for the Yankees, giving up six runs on seven hits in three innings. It’s just more of the same for the Sox, who scored 10-plus runs 20 times throughout the regular season — including a pair of 19-run games. Five of those double-digit outings came against the Yankees. The Red Sox were actually 5-9 in the regular season in games in which they scored single-digits against the Yankees.
So, how bad did the beatdown on Monday get? Here are a few numbers that should give you an idea.
*16 — You’ve got to start with the obvious. 16 runs is the most the Yankees have ever allowed in a playoff game, eking by the previous record of 15 set in 2001 against the Diamondbacks in the World Series. It was close, but the Red Sox holding that record really adds insult to injury. For the Red Sox, it’s the second-most the franchise has ever scored in its long postseason history. Boston scored 23 runs against the Indians in 1999, a record that will be tough to top.
*0 — The number of extra-base hits for the Yankees on Monday. It’s the first time the Yankees have been held to no extra base hits since the 2015 Wild Card Game against the Astros. The Yankees were blanked 3-0 in that game, and were lucky to avoid the same fate on Monday.
*7 — The number of runs scored by the Red Sox in the fourth inning, which is tied for the most the team has scored in a playoff inning. The team has done it three other times.
*4 — The number of times an MLB postseason game has been decided by 15 or more runs — The Red Sox still hold the record with a 23-7 win over the Indians.
*1 — The number of players to hit for the cycle in an MLB postseason game. Brock Holt went 4 of 6 for the Sox, hitting for the cycle for the second time in his career. He had three runs scored and five RBI. Holt picked up a pair of hits in the Red Sox’ record-setting fourth inning.
*85.7 — The Red Sox’ winning percentage against the Yankees in their last seven postseason meetings. The Yankees have won just one of their last seven playoff meetings against Boston, making this chapter of the rivalry a very dark one for Yankee fans.
*18 — The number of hits the Red Sox had on Monday, the most for the team in a playoff game since 1999 against the Yankees. That was in Game 3 of the ALCS, when the Red Sox recorded 21 hits.
*0 (again) — The number of home games the Yankees have won the last six times they’ve failed to homer. They went 4-8 at home this year when they weren’t able to put any over the wall.
A few other particularly wild stats: Steve Pearce has 15 RBI in his last nine games against the Yankees, while Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts have 32 RBI between them in 20 games each (15 for Benintendi, 17 for Betts). The Red Sox have stepped it up all year against the Yankees, and this game was just the latest example. For Yankees fans, Monday was a nightmare, but there is good news: The runs don’t roll over to Tuesday night. The Yankees are 5-1 in elimination games since 2017, and it’s hard to beat them at home twice. The Red Sox generally struggle in Yankee Stadium, thought you wouldn’t know it from Monday’s performance, and a desperate Yankee team is a dangerous one.
With that being said, if any loss is going to be demoralizing, it’s Monday’s. Losing to such a hated rival in such embarrassing fashion is tough, so how the Yankees recover with CC Sabathia on the mound on Tuesday will be the difference. The Yankees likely won’t be held homerless in their own ballpark against, but the Red Sox showed that they can capitalize on quirky parks too.
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