Chris Mazza (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees meet for the third time this weekend. It’s the third game of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees made easy work of the Red Sox in the first two games, with easy wins of 10-3 and 11-5. Despite no Aaron Judge, the Yankees have been abusing the Red Sox pitching staff.
Judge has been the catalyst of the Yankees’ offense, but we’ve been seeing others step up in his absence. Mike Tauchman went 3-for-5 with 4 RBI, and then Clint Frazier went wild the next night on 3-for-3 hitting and 5 RBI. That’s a great sign for Yankees’ fans. When the Yanks can score 21 runs in two games without Judge, that’s bad news for the rest of the major leagues.
He is the most feared hitter in the majors when he’s healthy, but it’s been difficult for him to stay on the field over the years. This most recent injury for Judge is a calf strain. It will sideline Judge for at least ten days. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like something that will be long-term for Judge, though it could be something that lingers with Judge into the playoffs. Giancarlo Stanton is out until mid-September with a hamstring injury.
The Yankees advanced to 14-6 with their win over the Red Sox last night. They’re two games ahead of the.. Baltimore Orioles? Yeah, the Orioles are the closest team to the Yanks in the AL East at the moment. Expect weird things to happen in a shortened 60-game season. The O’s are just two games behind the Yankees, while the Marlins lead the NL East with a record of 9-5.
James Paxton has been a bit of a concern for the Yankees this season. The former Mariner put forth an average performance on Saturday, as he allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 5 innings. Paxton along with J.A. Happ has fans feeling on edge. Neither has gotten going yet, though we’ll see if they can shake it off. Happ has a chance to get right on Sunday Night Baseball tonight. Rookie Chris Mazza is expected to make his first career start for the Red Sox. Head below for our free Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees pick for August 16, 2020.
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Chris Mazza is being called up to make the first start of his career on Sunday. 30-year-old Mazza has been a minor leaguer lifer and has been waiting a long time to get the call up to the majors for a start. He experienced his first taste of the major leagues last season with the New York Mets. As a reliever in nine games, Mazza didn’t impress the Mets.
It was an audition for Mazza with the Mets and it didn’t go particularly well. Mazza posted an ERA of 5.51 and 1.59 WHIP through 16.1 innings. He’s pitched 2.2 innings out of the bullpen this season and was fine with 1 hit and 2 walks yielded. As a team, the Red Sox have been horrible on the bump. They’re running out of options to put in the rotation, and the bullpen isn’t up to par either. Overall, the Red Sox as a team have an ERA of 6.10 for 30th in the major leagues.
J.A. Happ has not been fine this season at all. He could be pitching with a dead arm out there because there has been no zip on his balls this season. Happ has gotten torched for an ERA of 10.29 and 2.14 WHIP. After allowing 4 earned runs in 4 innings against the Orioles, Happ did the same thing against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 5.
The Yankees skipped over Happ in his most recent scheduled game. That is a message being sent to Happ, but if there isn’t any velocity on his ball, it’s not going to be a quick fix for him. If Happ fails against the Red Sox on Sunday night, they might have to consider taking him out of the rotation for more than just one scheduled start. I’m expecting plenty of runs again on Sunday night, so I’m hitting the repeat button and playing the OVER again today after finding success yesterday.