Following a wild series for the New York Yankees and a series win for the Red Sox in Tampa, the Yankees and Red Sox congregate at Fenway Park for a rivalry series. The Yankees got out of Minnesota with two wins after a 10-7 win Wednesday night. They stole a game the night prior, as they won a 14-12 decision, which is likely to go down as the Game of the Year.
Aaron Hicks was the hero of the day, with two mammoth plays to save the Yankees. First, he connected on a 2-run shot to put the Yankees up by a run in the top of the 9th. Remember that the Yankees were down to their late out, and then Hicks delivered a clutch long ball to bring in 2 runs.
Chapman couldn’t hold on, though he was able to prevent the winning run. Hicks came up big again in extras, as he tracked down a ball in the outfield for a leaping grab for the final out of the contest. Expect to see that play replayed often in the future.
Along with it being an impressive play, the Yankees were able to get a big win out of it. Their lead in the AL East has now been extended to 10 games over the Rays. It was only a matter of time before they pulled away, and the Yanks are fully in the captain’s seat as we approach August.
The Rays and Red Sox had their chance earlier in the season when the Yankees were injured. All of their top talent in the lineup was injured at some point and they are still operating without Giancarlo Stanton. His status is up in the air, but they don’t necessarily need him at this point.
Stanton is a luxury item and there aren’t many teams in baseball who would be able to thrive with a bat like his out of the lineup. Didi Gregorius made everyone forget about Stanton against the Twins. He throttled the Twins for 10 RBI’s in that exciting series.
The Yanks face a Red Sox team who are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Rays, but were able to nab two of three games in Tampa. Rick Porcello is expected to get the start for the Red Sox, while the Yankees will go with Masahiro Tanaka. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Red Sox pick.
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Rick Porcello will be tasked with slowing down a blazing hot Yankees’ offense this evening. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the Yankees have scored a whopping 24 runs. In three games against the Twins, they scored a total of 30 runs for an average of 10 runs per game. That doesn’t bode well for Rick Porcello, who has been struggling to get things figured out in 2019. Porcello enters with an ERA of 5.61 and he has been falling off considerably recently. It’s been six starts since he’s held a team for less than 4 earned runs.
Porcello has yielded at least 5 runs in four of his last five outings. His numbers most recently have been ugly, as he holds an ERA of 8.64 and 1.80 WHIP in his previous three showings. In his most recent appearance against the Yankees, he was embarrassed for 5 hits and 6 earned runs in 0.1 innings.
Porcello was able to record only 1 out before exiting the game. In his first outing against the Yankees this season, he lasted longer, but was still pummeled for 9 hits and 5 earned runs in 4.2 innings. With the Yankees swinging the bats how they are going into tonight, expect their offense to continue to produce.
Tanaka is likely to put forth a better effort than Porcello in this one. However, the Red Sox have a pretty solid history hitting Tanaka. It includes a healthy sample size of 295 at-bats, with the Red Sox hitting .285 and a .315 OBP. That includes 15 home runs and 41 runs scored. J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, and Andrew Benintendi are all hitting greater than .300 against Tanaka.
He has been shaky on the road with an ERA of 5.40 and 1.27 WHIP. His last trip to Fenway was a doozy, as he didn’t get out of the 1st inning, having allowed 4 hits and 6 earned runs. If you’ve found the high-scoring games between the Yankees and Twins entertaining, you are likely going to be in for a treat in this one, too. The OVER looks like the choice here at Fenway on Thursday night.