After a wild finish to the 2021 Major League Baseball season, Boston’s season will continue against the Yankees in the highly anticipated Wild Card game Tuesday night. This sudden death elimination game will determine who will move onto face the American League East Champion Tampa Bay Rays. Sunday afternoon saw both Boston and New York win their respective games in a thrilling fashion. The Yankees won it on a 1-0 walk off in the ninth, while Boston’s come from behind victory sealed the deal in the nation’s capitol. The Red Sox wild ride to the finish isn’t done just yet. It’s just a matter of time before the next big thing happens.
Sunday’s regular season finale was one for the ages. Not only were the Red Sox fighting for a spot in the postseason, but so were the Yankees, Blue Jays and Mariners. Due to the Yankees and Red Sox winning, both the Jays and Mariners were knocked out of the race. This elimination game Tuesday night is going to be one to remember. Gerrit Cole will be on the mound for the Yankees, and Nathan Eovaldi will have the ball for Boston. Fenway will be electric as Boston experiences their first ever Wild Card elimination game. Last time the Red Sox were in the postseason was in 2018, they won the World Series vs the LA Dodgers. For the Yankees, they are looking to go deep into the postseason. Last season, they were eliminated in the American League Division Series against the Rays.
The Ultimate Matchup
Gerrit Cole, in his second season with the Yankees, will get the ball Tuesday night. In 2021, he went 16-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 181.1 innings. In 30 starts this season, Cole had 243 strikeouts. Cole’s postseason record speaks for itself. The 9 year veteran is 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 13 postseason games. He has pitched in 84 innings, and recorded 108 strikeouts. Cole will be looking to carry the Yankees to the American League Division Series tomorrow night at Fenway Park. Against the Red Sox this season, he is 2-2 in 4 starts. Cole will be looking for win number 3 against Boston. The Yankees will be looking to advance and take on the Tampa Bay Rays with their ace on the mound Tuesday.
Nathan Eovaldi will be looking to guide the Red Sox to the American League Division Series. Eovaldi has been a work horse for Boston this season, with an 11-9 record in 32 starts. In 182.1 innings, he had a 3.75 ERA with 195 strikeouts. In just six postseason games, all in 2018, Eovaldi has a 2-1 record with 2 holds. He’s pitched in 22.1 innings, with 16 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.61. In four games versus the Yankees in 2021, Eovaldi has a 2-2 record, and will also be looking for win number 3 against the Yankees. The Red Sox will be looking to Nathan to continue Boston’s wild ride as they head into the postseason.
Can Boston’s Wild Ride Go Deep Into The Postseason?
Following a very strange 2020 season that saw the Red Sox go 24-36 in 60 games, Boston looked to 2021 hopeful of making the playoffs. Bringing back manager Alex Cora, and bolstering the roster definitely did help the Red Sox this season. Players like Kike Hernandez and Hunter Renfroe added some much needed defense to the roster. Can Boston’s wild ride of 2021 continue against the Yankees in the Wild Card? This one game playoff will be one that fans will be talking about for quite some time. The 2021 season started strong for the Red Sox. After loosing to the Orioles in the first series, Boston went on a tear, winning 10 straight before loosing to the White Sox.
Red Sox Nation saw a lot happen this season. From being in first place in the division, to injuries and COVID, this team fought through it all. Now, here we are with one game on the line. Can the Red Sox beat the Yankees and head to Tampa for the Division Series? It’s going to be a tough call because of the way the Red Sox have been playing as of late. Granted, we do have a strong team, and they have proven that they are capable of going far. Now, we need Red Sox Nation to show up to Fenway Park ready to cheer on the Red Sox and push them towards the finish line.