The New York Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox in an AL East showdown Tuesday evening from Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox will give the starting nod to 30-year old left-hander Chris Sale, and the Yankees will send 30-year old left-hander James Paxton to the mound. The Red Sox won last year’s regular season series 10-9 over the Yankees, and they also defeated New York in the ALDS.
Sale Charged with Three Losses in First Three Starts
Red Sox’ starter Chris Sale has struggled through his first three starts of the season. Sale served up five runs in four innings against the Blue Jays in his previous start, leading to the loss to drop his record to 0-3. The 6-foot-6 menacing left-hander allowed seven runs to Seattle in his season debut, and he has conceded 13 runs in 13 innings logged on the season. Sale was outstanding in his two starts against the Yankees last season, limiting them to one run in 13 innings, and he features a 6-4 record with a minuscule 1.61 ERA in 100.2 career innings against the AL Rivals.
Xander Bogaerts is on a roll at the dish, collecting seven hits and six RBI’s in his last five games. The seventh-year shortstop features a stellar .413 on-base percentage, and he is currently hitting .308 with two homers and eight RBI’s. Bogaerts went 10 for 48 with four RBI’s against the Yankees last season. Boston is struggling on the road this season where they own a 3-8 record.
The Red Sox are averaging 4.56 runs per game, ranking them 18th in the Majors. The Boston pitching staff is having issues, carrying a 5.86 team ERA, positioning them 26th in the Major Leagues.
Paxton Struggles in Two Straight Starts
James Paxton will take the mound for the fourth time of the season, aiming for his second win. Paxton was hit hard by the Astros in his previous start, conceding five runs including two home runs in four innings, leading to the loss to drop his record to 1-2. The seventh-year right-hander hasn’t been sharp in two straight starts, and he has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in 15 innings logged on the season. He squandered six runs in 2.1 innings in his lone meeting against Boston last season, and he features a 2-0 record with a terrific 2.49 ERA in four career starts against the AL East foes. JD Martinez is 4 for 8 against Paxton, while Mookie Betts is 3 for 12, and Xander Bogaerts is 2 for 8.
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Luke Voit is consistently contributing, accumulating nine RBI’s in his last nine games. The 28-year old first baseman is only hitting .204, but he does have four home runs and 14 RBI’s on the season. Voit made his presence felt in a big way against the Red Sox last season, clubbing five home runs along with eight RBI’s in 22 at bats. The Yankees have a good portion of their lineup on the DL. Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks are all on the injured list.
The Yankees are averaging 4.87 runs per game on the season, ranking them 16th in the Major Leagues. The New York pitching staff features a strong 4.04 team ERA, placing them 12th overall. The Yankees hold a 3-6 record at Yankee Stadium this season.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Yankees.
- 14-3 in Sale’s last 17 road starts against a team with a losing record.
- 9-3 in their last 12 games against a left-handed starter.
The New York Yankees are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
- 1-5 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter.