5/8 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Clash of the Titans

The Boston Red Sox are 25-9. The Yankees are 24-10. Tonight is the first time they oppose one another with the 2 best records in MLB since June 2, 2002. Boston entered that game at 36-16, and didn’t end up making the playoffs (93-69). Those pesty Yankees (37-19) kept it going that summer, ending regular season at 103-58. They were bested by the eventual champs, Anaheim in 4 games.

Good news for Red Sox fans: Mookie Betts will make his anticipated return back to the lineup after an injury scare in Texas.

The Yankees have been on a relentless tear since they last matched up with the Sox. In their last 16 games, they have lost just once. Eventually like the then 17-2 Red Sox, you will get a sudden dry spell. Thankfully Boston, this most recent weekend of baseball resulted in them taking 3 out 4 games vs the Texas Rangers.

MLB current rankings. The Yankees & Sox are 1 and 2 in runs scored. They are 6th & 7th in team ERA, separated by 0.2. They are 3rd & 4th in WHIP, separated by just 0.1. Clash of the Titans is suited perfectly for this matchup.

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Drew Pomeranz is on the mound for the Sox, looking to build off his most recent start vs Kansas City. Through 6 innings he allowed a number of baserunners (8 Hits, 2 Walks), but worked around them all to just have 3 runs scored and get the victory. The key tonight is to extremely limit the amount of Yanks on the basepaths.

Luis Severino takes the ball for NY, and has been having a tremendous year thus far. In 7 starts, he has had only one bad start and that came in Boston. His ERA on the year stands at 2.11, coming off of a complete game shutout against the Astros. Take out the 5 runs in 5 innings he gave up in Fenway. his ERA would then be 1.29. Here’s hoping that the Sox are just one of those teams that always has a pitcher’s number, no matter how good he is.


Drew Pomeranz — Career vs New York Yankees in 10 games (9 starts), 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 5 games (4 starts), 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar —–

Tyler Austin —–

Brett Gardner – 9 for 26 (.346 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 7 Ks

Didi Gregorius8 for 21 (.381 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Aaron Judge – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Austin Romine – 2 for 6 (.333 avg)

Gary Sanchez – 8 for 18 (.444 avg) Double, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Ks

Giancarlo Stanton – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Gleyber Torres —–

Ronald Torreyes – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Neil Walker —–


Luis Severino — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 9 games (8 starts), 2-5 with a 4.82 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 34 games (30 starts), 15-11 with a 3.89 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 8 for 16 (.500 avg) 2 Doubles, Triple, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 6 for 19 (.316 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) Double, 4 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr.– 4 for 17 (.235 avg) 3 Walks, 6 Ks

Rafael Devers – 0 for 6, Walk, 3 Ks

Sandy Leon – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) Triple, 3 Ks

Tzu-Wei Lin – 0 for 2

JD Martinez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) K

Hanley Ramirez – 6 for 21 (.286 avg) Double, 3 RBIs, 9 Ks

Blake Swihart – 0 for 2, K

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

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