Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 4.09 ERA) vs. James Paxton (0-1, 7.84 ERA)
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees get the primetime slot on FOX tonight. FOX could have gone with the Dodgers and Angels game as well, but the Red Sox and Yankees attract a lot of eyeballs. The Yankees made it look easy on Friday, as they were 10-3 winners at Yankee Stadium.
Gerrit Cole did what he’s been paid to do for the Yankees. Cole went 7 innings having allowed just 4 hits and 1 earned run. He struck out eight batters for a productive night at the office over the Yankees’ rivals. Cole is being paid a lot of money to do what he did against the Red Sox on Friday.
Mike Tauchman had a big night for the Yankees at the plate. Tauchman went 3-for-5 with 4 RBI to prove that the Yankees have plenty of depth in their lineup. Having said that, missing Aaron Judge is a big sting for the Yankees. Judge is on the IL with a calf strain, so it could have been worse. He was also fighting off lower body tightness about a week ago, but he’s on the shelf because of the strain.
It isn’t something that is expected to keep Judge out for the season, though. With Judge out, several players sprung the Yankees in the bottom of the order. Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, along with Tauchman all got involved. Every player recorded at least 2 RBI on Friday night against Colten Brewer and the Red Sox. Torres is one player on the Yankees that must step up in the absence of Torres.
Torres is a hitter that has to step up and James Paxton must get going on the bump. His velocity has been down and has to find a way to get that up or utilize a better variety of pitches in his arsenal. Paxton is scheduled to get the starting nod for the Yanks, while Nathan Eovaldi is expected on the bump for the Red Sox. Head below for our free Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees pick for August 15, 2020.
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James Paxton has been trying to locate his velocity, but it just hasn’t been there for him. When Paxton’s fastball isn’t working, he’s a rather mediocre pitcher who isn’t going to get very far. Paxton needs to mix it up or start throwing faster balls. He heads into Saturday with an ERA of 7.84 and 1.74 WHIP through 10.1 innings.
The Big Maple has allowed 3 earned runs in every start this season. His most recent performance against the Rays was the first time that Paxton made it beyond 3 innings of work. He ultimately gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 6.1 innings of play. It sounds simple. All Paxton has to do is find his velocity again, but it’s far easier said than done. I’m confident that his offense can help him out with ample run support in this contest, though.
Nathan Eovaldi started off well with a couple of productive outings against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets. However, Eovaldi hasn’t been so great in his previous two performances against the Rays and Blue Jays. Eovaldi has allowed 7 earned runs in his last 11 innings of work. His ERA has creeped up to 4.09 after having a 2.45 ERA on July 29.
The Yankees have hit Eovaldi well in the past with a .281 average and .324 OBP. Note that does not include Aaron Judge, who will not be participating in this contest. Neither Eovaldi or Paxton appear to be going in the right direction. Eovaldi is filling in as the No. 1 pitcher out of necessity because of a bad rotation for the Red Sox.
Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez are not playing, so Eovaldi goes from No. 3 to No. 1. Don’t be fooled, though, Eovaldi should not be atop the Red Sox rotation. I foresee double digits on the board, so a look at the over on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium doesn’t look like a bad option.