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Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees: Lineups, preview, and prediction (August 11, 2017)

The Yankees host their fierce rivals this weekend knowing that losing this series will spell danger for their playoff hopes


The Boston Red Sox are red hot and well rested. The last time they lost was July 30. They have won eight games since then and had two days off, including last night. Boston’s bats have averaged 6.25 runs a game during this streak, and if they keep that pace up over the weekend it’s tough not to see them extending their 4.5 game lead atop the AL East.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 3-6 in August and have been wildly inconsistent. They have not scored 4+ runs in back-to-back games since July 28/29 wins over Tampa. First-half hero Aaron Judge has cooled off dramatically and Gary Sanchez has been benched for his defense. It’s all going wrong in the Bronx.

Game 1 Starters – Jaime Garcia (LHP) vs Eduardo Rodriguez (LHP)

Eduardo Rodriguez faces the Yankees for the first time this year. Posting a 4.08 ERA and 1.273 WHIP, Rodriguez is the weakest starter Boston will roll out this weekend, though his last start wasn’t terrible. He went six innings, allowing six baserunners and striking out five while giving up just two runs in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Jaime Garcia will make his home debut at Yankee Stadium tonight, but with a 4.49 ERA and 1.359 WHIP he is hardly the streak-stopper the Yankees need.

His only game in pinstripes was a drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, who rang him up for five earned runs (six total) while scattering nine baserunners (five hits, four walks) through just 4.2 innings. It was a disappointing start for Garcia, albeit his third consecutive start with a different team. 

Lineups

Red Sox LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Betts, RF18.269.343
Nunez, 2B8.324.350
Pedroia, DH6.303.378
Young, LF7.251.332
Devers, 3B3.319.396
Moreland, 1B17.240.328
Bogaerts, SS6.283.339
Vazquez, C2.280.316
Bradley Jr, CF13.258.330
Yankees LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Gardner, CF19.254.349
Hicks, LF10.283.390
Judge, RF35.294.422
Sanchez, C18.266.344
Headley, DH6.271.351
Gregorius, SS18.311.335
T. Frazier, 3B19.214.336
Cooper, 1B0.378.385
Torreyes, 2B3.287.308

Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not

Eduardo Nunez has been on a torrid run since arriving at Fenway, hitting .420 with four homers and 12 RBI in the Red Sox uniform. Rookie third baseman Rafael Devers has cooled off a little, but he is still hitting .333 in the last 15 days while Christian Vazquez is 13-for-27 in the last two weeks, a .481 batting average.

On the other side of the coin, Hanley Ramirez has been quiet of late, hitting just six for his last 32, and Jackie Bradley Jr is an even-worse 7-for-40.

The slump of Aaron Judge has been well documented, and the former runaway MVP is hitting just .174 in the last two weeks, with just 15 hits (one double, five homers) since the All-Star break. Matt Holliday was placed on the DL after a horrible stretch, while Aaron Hicks has just come off the DL, going 0-for-5 in his return last night.

However, Didi Gregorius has been hitting well in recent weeks, batting .333 with a pair of home runs, and Gary Sanchez is at least doing well at the plate, hitting .279 with four homers in the last two weeks, even if he isn’t great behind it.

Prediction: Red Sox 6 – 3 Yankees

New York needs to win this game before they get Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale over the weekend, but I don’t think they will. Jaime Garcia is far too hittable, and their own bats are so inconsistent there is little chance of stringing hits together on Rodriguez. At the minimum, Garcia needs to eat innings tonight to protect the bullpen.

 

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees: Lineups, preview, and prediction (August 11, 2017)

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