With one American League East series behind them the Boston Red Sox are looking forward to a three-game series against the division leading New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox are coming in with some good momentum, winning the final two games of a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles which included another quality start from pitching ace Chris Sale.
With the Orioles series done, let’s preview the Red Sox against the Yankees.
The Yankees come into this series at the top of the American League East with a 32-22 record, two games ahead of the Red Sox. The offensive star this season for the Yankees has been rookie sensation Aaron Judge. He leads the Yankees with a .324 batting average, 18 HR’s and 41 RBI’s.
Another solid hitter in their lineup has been Starlin Castro who has a .315 batting average and leads the team in total hits with 69.
The Red Sox have been playing much better baseball recently. In their past 14 games, they are 10-4 while averaging 8.7 runs per game. Another pleasant surprise has been the return of David Price. Price has given the Red Sox two quality starts since his return from the disabled list which included a seven inning, one run performance.
Now let’s break down the pitching match-ups for the upcoming series.
Tuesday: Drew Pomeranz vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Pomeranz is pitching well as of late. In his last 3 starts, Pomeranz is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA and an impressive 25 strikeouts. Tanaka on the other hand has been going in the opposite direction. He has an 0-3 record with a 7.88 ERA. If Pomeranz continues to pitch the way he has his past few starts, it will be hard for the Yankees to win this series opener.
Wednesday: Rick Porcello vs. C.C. Sabathia
Porcello continues to struggle this season. He is currently 3-7 with a 4.24 ERA. Sabathia has been impressive thus far with a 6-2 record, although his ERA is high as well; sitting at 4.12. This could be the start Porcello needs to turn his misfortune around.
Thursday: David Price vs. Michael Pineda
Pitching wise, this is probably going to be the best match-up of the series. Price is looking for another dominant performance to prove he is worth the $217 million dollars the Red Sox are paying him. Pineda is 6-3 on the season with a 3.76 ERA. Look for this game to result in a pitcher’s duel.
The bottom line is that the Red Sox need to take advantage of the opportunity at hand. They are swinging the bats very well lately and the rotation looks like it is starting to come completely together. Hopefully there will be a lot of dance moves brought out by the Red Sox outfielders after Thursday night.