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New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox Lineups, preview and predictions (8/20)

With the series tied 1-1 can the Yankees try to gain some momentum in the AL East division race?


New York won Saturday night’s game 4-3. 

In what was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel, the Yankees jumped out to an early lead in the second inning, putting three on the board with a home run off the bat of Tyler Austin. It was Austin’s second game back with the club after being placed on the disabled list in June. Boston scored two in the fifth with Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. both plating runs, but those were the only two runs Yankees starter CC Sabathia allowed in his six innings of work. 

New York tacked on one more run in the sixth on a Todd Frazier solo shot, and Boston did the same in the seventh on a home run by Rafael Devers, making it a 4-3 game. Dellin Betances came in as the Yankees closer in the ninth and shut down the Red Sox to seal the win. 

Game 3 Starters – Sonny Gray (RHP) vs Rick Porcello (RHP)

Gray comes into Sunday’s game with a 3.37 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season. Since being dealt by the Athletics at the trade deadline he has made three starts for the Bombers. In each game he has gone six innings and allowed two earned runs, striking out 17 batters. He got his first win in pinstripes in his most recent start against the Mets. 

Porcello’s 4.59 ERA and 1.37 WHIP this year are less than stellar, although his 4.53 K/BB is the second highest in his career after his Cy Young season last year. The Boston righty is 3-0 so far in August, although his ERA on the month is an unimpressive 4.91. In three starts against the Yankees in 2017, he has pitched a combined 19 innings and allowed eight earned runs. 

Lineups

Yankees LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Gardner, LF19.254.346
Hicks, CF12.270.381
Judge, RF37.285.416
Sanchez, C23.272.347
Gregorius, SS18.312.341
Frazier, 3B6.226.3478
Headley, 1B7.276.356
Torreyes, 2B3.287.307
Austin, DH2.286.304
Red Sox LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Nunez, 3B4.345.374
Benintendi, LF17.276.356
Betts, RF18.267.341
Ramirez, DH18.248.336
Devers, 3B8.364.424
Bogaerts, SS7.277.334
Moreland, 1B14.247.335
Leon, C6.233.289
Bradley, CF13.258.338

Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not

Despite going 0-4 last night, Gary Sanchez is still batting .300 on the month with a 1.071 OPS. He has seven home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games. Didi Gregorius is tearing it up in August, sporting a .361 batting average and .528 slugging percentage in his last 18 games. He has reached base safely in nine of his last ten games. 

Aaron Judge is 6-27 over the last week with 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances. He has just three home runs so far in August. With ten games under his belt since coming back from the disabled list, Aaron Hicks’ bat hasn’t caught up with him. He is hitting .171 since the injury with an OPS below .300. 

Rafael Devers looks unstoppable at this point. He is hitting .340 in August and .455 in his last six games. During that spell, he has also hit five home runs and scored nine times. His OPS since being called up earlier this month is 1.151. Mitch Moreland has been hitting well as of late as well. In his last 15 games, he has hit .318 with a .591 slugging percentage with eight RBIs. 

Mookie Betts’ struggles continue this month. He carries a .246 batting average and an OPS just over .300 in August. He has more strikeouts than hits in his last 24 at-bats, with six and five, respectively. Andrew Benintendi finds himself in somewhat of a slump, batting .208 in his last six games with just one extra-base hit. 

Prediction: Yankees 4 – 2 Red Sox

Sunday’s game should be close. Gray has been rock solid for the Yankees so far and Porcello has a relatively good track record against New York this season. I think this game will come down to each team’s bullpen, and the Yankees definitely beat out the Red Sox in that category, although both team’s relievers have been excellent this year. 

Where to Watch

Today’s game will be broadcast on YES, NESN, and TBS, and will be streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers. 

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