The Red Sox are the fifth team Eovaldi has pitched for having had stints with the Dodgers, Marlins, Yankees, and Rays. His career record is 44-53 with a 4.16 ERA.The Red Sox acquired him from the Rays on July 25, 2018 and pitched to a 3.33 ERA with Boston going 3-3. It was late in the season and in the playoffs where Eovaldi hit his stride. In September, he pitched to a 1.35 ERA in five appearances. In the post-season, he pitched 22.1 inning allowing only four earned runs.
He was effective against the Yankees in the ALDS and the Astros in the ALCS before he became something of a folk hero in the World Series against the Dodgers in a game he lost.
It was game three of the fall classic and it turned out to be the longest game in World Series history both in time played and number of innings (18). Eovaldi was penciled in to potentially pitch game four of the Series but was required in game 3 due to its length. He entered the game in the 12th inning and proceeded to throw 97 pitches in relief. Though clearly tiring near the end of his outing, he gave it his all with teammates and coaches calling the performance ‘inspirational’ as they sited his stamina and his doggedness. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told ESPN that his outing was “one of the best performances in the history of the World Series…what Nate did…was amazing.”
Many felt this performance, along with his other pitching brilliance in the Series, was enough to earn him the MVP of the Series. But in a close vote, Steve Pearce of the Sox garnered the award over Eovaldi.
Other teams, including the Yankees, were interested in Eovaldi, but he decided to stay with the World Champs. For the next four years, the Red Sox will have one of the benefit of one of the more determined and resilient starters/ long relievers in baseball.