Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Series Preview – May 30 to June 2, 2019
The most storied rivalry in American sports is set to write its next chapter.
The Boston Red Sox will visit the Bronx for a four-game set starting Thursday with the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers have been without a few of their best players for much of the season but they sit atop the AL East.
The Red Sox seemed to be suffering from the infamous World Series hangover early in the 2019 campaign., but are starting to pick things up.
Who will win the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees series in Manhattan? Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down each game of the series below.
Game 1: Thursday, May 30
Chris Sale vs JA Happ
Clearly, the Red Sox want their best hurler to open the series against New York. The Red Sox had Chris Sale penciled in to start Wednesday, but he will get an extra day rest and start the following day at Yankee Stadium.
The lefty has an inflated 4.19 ERA due to some rough outings but has been closer to his old self the last few weeks.
The Red Sox’s malaise can be traced to their inconsistent pitching, particularly by their rotation, which is only 21st in the majors with a 4.74 ERA, though, Sale and company have a lower FIP of 3.92. That’s one of the reasons why some view that the Boston Red Sox are in trouble.
JA Happ. meanwhile, has not lived up to expectations in 2019. His 5.09 ERA is well above his career average. Happ’s been inconsistent at best. Kendrys Morales could make things happen at the plate, as he is 11-for-41 with three homers in his career against Sale.
Game 2: Friday, May 31
Eduardo Rodriguez vs Domingo German
A Boston Red Sox vs the New York Yankees preview will always center around the pitchers, and German will get the ball in Game 2 of the series in the Big Apple. The Yankees showed that they believe in German when he was granted a spot in the rotation.
Now they’re reaping the rewards. German is sporting a dominant 9-1 record for the Yankees with a 3.43 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) so far this year.
Rodriguez had a strong performance against the Houston Astros in his last start, allowing just an earned run on four hits with five punchouts in 6.0 innings of work on the mount.
Game 3: Saturday, June 1
Rick Porcello vs TBD
The 2016 AL Cy Young winner isn’t having a great year. Porcello will be heading into his Saturday start against the Yankees with a lackluster 4.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP across 11 mound duties.
The Yankees have deployed the new trending strategy of the “opener” several times this year. Usual reliever Chad Green has been successful in the role and could pitch in here against the Sox. The Yankees are undefeated this year using Green in the opener role.
Game 4: Sunday June 2
David Price vs Masahiro Tanaka
This Red Sox vs. Yankees series preview will be punctuated by a marquee mound showdown between Price and Tanaka. Tanaka has been a rock for the Yankees this year. There have been a lot of injuries to deal with in New York, but Tanaka has been dependable this year.
Tanaka has turned in quality starts in all but one of his May outings. It should be noted that JD Martinez has feasted off Tanaka in the past with a .583 average and three homers against the Japanese export. Tanaka is 8-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 career starts against Boston.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, will close out the series with David Price getting the ball. Price is 8-8 with a 4.83 ERA in 21 career starts at the new Yankee Stadium.
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