5 things that doomed the Yankees vs. the Red Sox in ALDS

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"It's incredible how he's getting jobs umpiring in these playoff games". "He's absolutely bad. He was awful behind the plate today; he's awful at first base". Always. He's bad. I don't understand why he's doing those games. A year after losing to the Astros in the ALDS, Boston will open the best-of-seven matchup against them Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Sabathia escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when Kinsler hit an inning-ending flyout to Gardner in front of the left-field wall. Many players have been critical of Hernandez as an umpire in the past, and prominent former players including newly enshrined Chipper Jones expressed their disapproval during Monday's game. It's possible that Cora didn't make a single mistake this series. "He shouldn't be anywhere near a playoff game".

"I think we're right there knocking on the door", Boone said, "very close to being a championship club right now". Porcello had cruised through five innings, giving up just one run on four hits and no walks, but with Aaron Judge set to take his third at-bat of the night leading off the sixth, Cora called on the bullpen to nail down the final 12 outs. The attractive thing about sports is that whether you lose 16-1 or 1-0, it counts the same and there's no better pitcher for this spot than CC Sabathia. "You have to get it over the white part of the plate to get strikes called".

Angel Hernandez is a horrific umpire and it's insane Major League Baseball keeps running him out for playoff games. The case was moved last week from southern OH, where Hernandez's lawyer initially filed it, to NY after U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett ruled in favor of the league.