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Tuesday ALDS Game 4 open thread

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The Red Sox could eliminate the Yankees from the postseason with a win tonight. If the Yankees survive, Game 5 will be on Boston on Thursday night.

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Can you just feel the excitement of the lone postseason game coming up on Tuesday night? It’s Game 4 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Red Sox.

The Red Sox could wipe the Yankees right out of the postseason tonight, following on the heels of last night’s ridiculous beatdown in which the Yankees had to use a position player to pitch in a postseason series. That seems like that should count as an automatic elimination right there.

Not that I have much interest in the Red Sox winning this series. Screw them forever. But that’s also true about the Yankees. Between these two great evils it is an ever-evolving process to decide which is the lesser at any given moment. The specter of Jeffrey Maier from decades ago always shoves things away from the Yankees, but in this case I just think it would be hilarious if the 108-win Red Sox are beaten in the ALDS, so... that may be the slight preference.

The Yankees turn to CC Sabathia with their season on the line. Sabathia was pretty good this year, so that’s not a bad guy to turn to. The Red Sox turn to Rick Porcello, who was OK this season, though he still ended up with a 17-7 record despite a 4.28 ERA because the Red Sox scored 876 runs.