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By: Ross Sutton
The Yankees and Red Sox currently have the two best records in the MLB and they will start a three-game series in New York on Tuesday night. The Red Sox have a one game lead over over the Yankees in the AL East so this series is huge for both teams and I expect there to be a playoff atmosphere in the Bronx during the series. The Yankees are the hottest team in the league, as they have won 15 out of their last 16 games and are on a six-game win streak after sweeping the Indians and taking three of four against the Astros. The Red Sox have also been playing good baseball lately as they took three of four against the Rangers in Texas and have won six out of their last eight games.
Since Chris Sale started today for Boston, he is not scheduled to start against the Yankees during this series. Instead, the Red Sox will send Drew Pomeranz, David Price, and Rick Porcello to the mound, while the Yankees will use Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and C.C. Sabathia. The pitching matchup in game one certainly favors the Yankees as Severino has a 2.11 ERA this season while Pomeranz has a 6.14. The other two pitching matchups don’t really favor either team as Tanaka (4.39 ERA) and Price (5.11 ERA) have both been inconsistent to this point in the season. Sabathia and Porcello have been quite the opposite compared to Tanaka and Price, as they have both been great this year and have ERAs of 1.39 and 2.14, respectively.
Both offenses have been clicking lately, as Mookie Betts has been hitting home runs almost every night and the Yankees have gotten key contributions from essentially everyone in the lineup. The Red Sox currently lead the American League in team batting average with a .269 average. The Yankees have also been doing a fantastic job of getting on base, as they lead the American League in team on base percentage at .335. It is hard to say if this series will be more offensive or defensive, but it should be a great series either way, as both teams have a lot on the line.
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