Boston took last night’s game 9-6 in an offensive showcase at Fenway.
New York found themselves down early in Friday’s game after starter Jordan Montgomery allowed a two-run home run to Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers in the second inning. Boston would tack on one more in the fifth before the Yankees lineup finally showed a little life in the form of a two-run home run by Todd Frazier.
A rally in the top of the seventh saw New York put four on the board and take a 6-3 lead, but that lead wouldn’t last as the Red Sox took control of the game in the bottom of that same inning, stringing together a chain of hits off relievers Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle that netted them four runs. Boston would score two more off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning.
Game 2 Starters – CC Sabathia (LHP) vs Chris Sale (LHP)
Sabathia starts Saturday’s game fresh from a stint on the 10-day DL for knee inflammation. Despite injuries this season, the lefty has pitched relatively well for the Yankees. He has a 4.05 ERA on the year with a 1.31 WHIP. In two starts against the Red Sox, he has allowed zero runs in 14 innings and struck out eight.
Sale has been utterly dominant for the Red Sox this season. He comes into Saturday with an AL-leading 2.51 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 12.89 K/9. In eight starts since the beginning of July, he has had five games in which he has pitched six or more innings and allowed zero runs. On top of these numbers, he has owned the Yankees so far this season, giving up just three runs and striking out 35 over a combined 22.2 innings.
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Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not
Gary Sanchez homered last night in his second straight game, and for the fourth time in his last five games. He’s batting .321 in August with 14 RBIs. Chase Headley seems to have found success at the plate this month, batting .308 with an .877 OPS. He also has a .520 OBP in his last six games.
Aaron Judge made outs twice last night with the bases loaded: once on a groundout and once on a strikeout. He’s batting .193 in August and only slugging .386. On top of this, he continues to extend his record for consecutive games with a strikeout which is now up to 35.
Rafael Devers couldn’t be hotter right now. During his current seven-game hit streak, he has hit four home runs and driven in eight while going 11-26 at the plate. Andrew Benintendi extended his own hitting streak last night to 17 games. He is batting .392 in August.
Mookie Betts’ continues to struggle at the plate, going went 0-3 last night. He has struck out four times in his last four games, which is saying a lot for someone who only has 56 strikeouts on the season so far. Hanley Ramirez is batting .150 over his last five games, during which time he has struck out 7 times in just 20 at-bats.
Prediction: Red Sox 6 – 1 Yankees
With Chris Sale on the mound, Boston has every chance of winning this game, especially when faced against a pitcher in Sabathia who has been hot and cold for New York this season. Couple this with the fact that the Yankees don’t seem to be able to drive in runners in scoring position as of late, and I don’t think this one ends up being close.
Where to Watch
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on YES, and NESN, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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