Yanks Visit Fenway For Crucial Four-Game Series Against Red Sox

miguel andujar new york yankeesThe New York Yankees (68-38) face the Boston Red Sox (75-34) at Fenway in one of the biggest series of the season.

The Bronx Bombers, who have won three of their last four games, trail their A.L East rivals by 5.5 games. The Red Sox, who have won four of their last six games, are 4-5 against the Yankees this year with a 2-1 record at Fenway and 2-4 at the Bronx.

Miguel Andujar has been red-hot recently hitting .415 in his past 11 games, with eight RBI and an OPS OF .976. The rookie is currently hitting a team-high .294, along with 30 doubles, which ranks 10th in the majors and leads all rookies.

In Game 1 of the series veteran lefty CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.53 ERA) will get things going against Brian Johnson (1-3, 3.81 ERA). Sabathia last faced Boston on June 29 and threw a gem. He pitched seven innings allowing just one run and picked up the win as he struck out five batters.

Luis Severino (14-4, 2.94 ERA) will get the starting nod on Friday night against former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello (13-4, 4.03), who’s five of his last six decisions. Although he has struggled and lost his two most recent starts, Severino’s pitched well against Boston this year. In three starts against the Red Sox this season, Severino is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

On Saturday afternoon, with Jay Happ on his way to the disabled list, right-handed rookie Chance Adams will make his major league debut against former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi (4-4, 3.80 ERA). The 28-year-old last pitched on July 29 as he threw seven innings allowing four hits and no runs while striking out five batters against the Minnesota Twins.

On Sunday night Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84 ERA) will take the mound for the series finale against David Price (11-6, 3.97 ERA) whose struggles against the New York Yankees are well documented.

The Red Sox starter has been pitching better as of late as he’s won two of his last three decisions, a span in which he’s pitched 21 innings, while striking out 18 batters, allowing 18 hits and just four earned runs.

Tanaka has been fantastic recently as he hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts (15 innings), while striking out 17 batters and giving up only six hits and three walks. Furthermore, in his past five starts Tanaka has a 1.76 ERA and a scoreless inning streak of 17.1 innings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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