Aroldis Chapman's Woes Doom Yankees to Series Loss Against Red Sox

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday Aug. 8 2017 in St. Petersburg Fla

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday Aug. 8 2017 in St. Petersburg Fla

With the Red Sox trying to rally off NY closer Aroldis Champman, Nunez tried to advance from second to third on a fly ball to left field.

How improbable was the victory?

The comeback was ignited by Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner, who was hit by an Addison Reed slider to lead off the eighth.

Sale however did add to his credentials this season, becoming the franchises 2nd all-time leader in 10+ strikeout games (16). He has received two runs in support in those three starts.

Given all the action and drama that took place after Chris Sale left last night's game, the performance of the Red Sox ace easily could be overlooked. "Anytime you can come up here and win a series in this division this late in the year, it's big". Be it fatigue from the Derby, umpires calling his at-bats differently, or pitchers adjusting their approach to the big righty bat, the truth is that Judge is clearly not getting as many good pitches to hit and isn't doing the Yankees any favors batting out of the No. 3 spot. The additions of veteran infielder Eduardo Nunez and Devers have greatly bolstered the lineup.

Chapman hasn't looked like his usual dominant self all season and things got worse against the Red Sox. He clapped his hands as he rounded first on his fourth home run, which handed Chapman his fourth blown save in 19 chances. The Yankees want to limit the rookie to roughly 180 innings. The 10-5 rout was a lesson in regression to the mean, as several statistical trends for both teams came to a screeching halt in this game.

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"I don't think [Chapman] gets rattled, " Girardi said. "We're going to need to play well against them, but this was an opportunity that we didn't take advantage of to make up a little bit of ground". The run actually made Sale's career earned run average against the Yankees climb to 1.18, the lowest ever against the Yankees by anyone with at least 50 innings pitched.

Along with being a historic blast, the home run also had postseason implications.

The Yankees are 53-3 when leading after eight innings but Girardi is correct about the mid-June swoon by the bullpen. That 1989 game might be the franchise's most embarrassing loss, one that included six errors, a whopping 13 (!) unearned runs allowed by the home team, and very very unhappy crowd in the Bronx.

Although Devers had only played 14 games entering Sunday, he has shown he is not overmatched at all in the majors despite his young age.

In retrospect, however, maybe it would have been worth it just to keep Sale away from the Red Sox - even if the Yankees hadn't become a surprise contender this season.

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