The Battle in the Bronx
Tuesday marks the second of six meetings between the Yankees and Red Sox this year. The first meeting was on April 10-12 and I think everyone that has a vesting interest in this series knows what happened between Tyler Austin and Joe Kelly. Both players after the brawl have served their respective suspensions and both will be available to play this week.
The Yankees come into this series red hot, winning 15 out of 16 and posting a record of 24-10 sitting just one game back of the Red Sox, who have a record of 25-9. Since the last time these two teams have met, the Yankees have posted an impressive 18-3 record. The Red Sox haven’t done quite as well but they have posted a 15-7 record, to remain atop the American League East, for now.
Tuesday night will see the Yankees ace right hander Luis Severino going up against the Red Sox left hander Drew Pomeranz. Severino this season have posted a 5-1 record with a 2.11 ERA while striking out 52 over 47 innings pitched. Pomeranz on the other hand has posted a 1-1 record with a 6.14 ERA while striking out 14 over 14.2 innings.
Wednesday we will see the Yankees throw out right hander Masahiro Tanaka against yet again another Red Sox left handed pitcher in David Price. Tanaka has pitched well for the Yankees so far this season posting a 4-2 record with a slightly elevated 4.39 ERA while striking out 42 in 41 innings. While Price has a record of 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA while striking out 32 in 37 innings.
The third and final game of this three game series will see the Yankees veteran left hander CC Sabathia go up against the Red Sox Rick Porcello. Sabathia has pitched lights out in 6 games this year posting a 2-0 record to go along with a 1.39 ERA while only striking out 23 batters in 32.1 innings. Porcello has pitched lights out for the Red Sox this year posting a 5-0 record in 7 games this year with a 2.14 ERA. Porcello has also struck out 46 batters in 46.1 innings pitched this year.
With two left handers going in this series for Boston, the Yankees have a lot of right handed power in their lineup and will try to exploit these lefties in this series. I’m looking for Stanton to break out and Judge, Sanchez, Andujar, and Torres to continue to stay hot. I’m also looking for the Bronx Brawler himself, Tyler Austin to get some playing time at first base over the switch hitting Neil Walker, who could be an asset off the bench in a pinch hitting role.
This series is going to be a hard fought “bout” all season. In my opinion, whichever team ends up winning the regular season series of 19 games has a great shot to be the American League East Champion. I do believe that both of these teams will be making the playoffs, and it will be a fight for the best record in the Major Leagues this year, but the loser of this series has the potential to have to play in the dreaded on game Wild Card game. That Wild Card game gets into players heads since they play all summer and amass a record over 162 games just for everything to rest on one game.
I can speak for all fans of the Yankees right now when I say, I can’t wait until first pitch tonight to see this red hot Yankees team continue to climb their way to their rightful position, atop the American League East.