New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Dates: Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Fenway Park
A couple months back, the Yankees not only looked like the team to beat in the division, but the team to beat in all of baseball. Unfortunately, injuries derailed what Joe Girardi’s squad had been doing up to that point. However, some weapons have returned to the fold recently which has the Bronx Bombers on the up and up. After dropping two of three to their hated rivals at home last weekend, expect Gary Sanchez and company to be way up for this series.
The pitching staff allowed for the BoSox to tread water the first couple months to allow for the offense to find itself without Big Papi’s big bat in the middle of the lineup. The pitching has still been stellar with Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz leading the charge, but the offense has finally started to get things going with it averaging 5.3 runs over the last 10 games. Rookie Rafael Devers has played a large role in that by launching three bombs in his last 11 at-bats.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Friday, August 18, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( MLB Network )
Jordan Montgomery vs. Drew Pomeranz
Montgomery went toe-to-toe with Chris Sale last Sunday night, and lived to tell about it. This time around, he squares off against another lefty and will be dogged in his third straight start. The rookie did a solid job limiting the Red Sox bats only allowing a pair of hits and 1 ER through his 5.1 innings of work. He ended up taking a second no-decision versus Boston this season, and has pitched to a 3.86 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in his 9.1 combined innings against them.
Pomeranz secured his 12th win of the season last time out in the Bronx where he got 10 runs of support and held the Yankees to just seven hits and 3 ER through 6.2 innings. The outing marked the third straight and seventh in the last eight that he managed to go at least six innings. Boston has come out on top in seven of his last nine starts with the under cashing in each of his last three home starts. To date against New York, he’s 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA and 19:6 K/BB ratio.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( MLB Network )
CC Sabathia vs. Chris Sale
Should his second bullpen session earlier in the week go smoothly, Sabathia will come off the DL to make his 20th start of the season. The hefty lefty has thrived when healthy in going 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA and .246 BAA. The Yankees have won 13 of his previous 19 starts, and stands 7-4 when he leads their charge away from the Bronx. He’s undefeated through a pair of starts against the Red Sox this season and hasn’t given up a single run through 14 combined innings of work. The under cashed in both outings.
As good as Chris Sale has been to date, his teammates sure haven’t made it any easier on him over the last five weeks with the offense averaging just 4.1 runs over his last seven starts. He allowed just four hits and 1 ER in Gotham last Sunday night, but still ended up taking the no decision and is yet to win a game through three tries against New York this season. He allowed just 15 hits and 3 ER with a K/BB ratio of 35:4 in those outings. Boston has won eight of his 10 home starts with the under cashing six times.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m. ET ( TBS )
Sonny Gray vs. Doug Fister
The third time was the charm for Gray who secured his first win in pinstripes last time out against the Mets. The righty logged six innings for a fourth straight start and limited New York to just five hits ( 1 HR ) and 2 ER with five strikeouts to even up his overall record at 7-7 for the season. Each of his three starts for the Yankees have been of quality making it nine straight dating back to June 25. He beat the Red Sox in Oakland back on May 18 when he tossed six innings of 3 ER ball to move to 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA and 1.19 WHIP lifetime against Boston.
Following two straight quality efforts against the Indians and White Sox, Monday’s poor outing against Cleveland came as quite the disappointment for Fister. Seven hits ( 1 HR ) and four walks proved to be his demise as he was lifted after just 4.1 innings. The loss was his sixth of the year, and he’ll now look to bounce back in a fourth straight Fenway Park start where he’s gone 2-4 with a 6.32 ERA and .291 BAA to date. He’s given up four hits and 3 ER through 2.2 innings of relief against the Yanks this season.