5/9 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 in the Bronx

Photo Credit: Douglas DeFelice / USA TODAY Sports

The two highest offenses in baseball matched up last night, and not surprisingly ended in a 1 run ballgame. That’s how these matchups go. Whenever a blowout happens, it’s a head turner. Like in 2005, the Sox thrashed the Yankees TWICE by a score of 17-1. One of each happening at Fenway Park and the old Yankee Stadium. Glad to say I was present for the Fenway Park one. Biggest highlights were an Ortiz grand slam, and Trot friggin Nixon having an inside the park HR.

After Jackie Bradley Jr’s forgettable game, where he lone bright spot was getting hit by a pitch to put him on base, he is getting tonight off. Moreland, who I feel should have batted in the 9th, will be starting at 1st base today. How bad has JBJ been? After going 1 for 3 on April 20, he had his highest batting avg of the season at .233… Since April 21 — 6 for 43 (.140 avg) All 6 hits are singles, 4 Runs, 6 RBIs, 4 Walks, 24 Ks. More than half of the time, he is not even putting the ball in play!

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The team’s ace, no not Sale, shades of 2016 Rick Porcello is on the mound for the Sox. On the year he stands at 5-0 with a sparkling ERA of 2.14. Four of his seven starts he has allowed 1 ER or zero. Opponents are batting just .193 off of him, the next lowest mark is .230 in 2016. His WHIP is 0.82, next lowest is again 2016 when it was at 1.01. Even the HRs given up on the season (2), is at better rate than 2016 when he gave up 23. The Cy Young campaign from 2 years ago, might not have been his best season ever.

Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Yankees as he looks to give them a ridiculous 17th win in 18 games. Tanaka’s ERA on the year is a pedestrian 4.39, but thats thanks to the Sox & Marlins. In back to back starts he was flat out roughed up.

10 innings, 14 Hits, 13 Runs (11 ER). 3 HRs, 4 Walks, 8 Ks

The start vs the Sox, he actually got the win, despite giving up 6 Runs in 5 innings.


Rick Porcello — Career vs New York Yankees in 19 starts, 9-8 with a 3.09 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 6 starts, 1-4 with a 5.17 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar —–

Tyler Austin – 0 for 2, 2 Ks

Brett Gardner – 14 for 49 (.286 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 8 Ks

Didi Gregorius – 5 for 26 (.192 avg) 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 4 for 27 (.148 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 4 Walks, 8 Ks

Aaron Judge – 2 for 13 (.154 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Austin Romine 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 3 Ks

Gary Sanchez – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Giancarlo Stanton – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double, 3 RBIs

Gleyber Torres —–

Ronald Torreyes – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Neil Walker – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) 2 Ks


Masahiro Tanaka — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 15 starts, 8-4 with a 4.04 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 57 starts, 30-14 with a 3.35 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) Double. HR, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 8 for 33 (.242 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 7 for 32 (.219 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr – 5 for 30 (.167 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 6 (.167 avg)

Brock Holt – 6 for 25 (.240 avg) 3 Doubles, 3 Ks

Sandy Leon – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) K

J.D. Martinez – 7 for 12 (.583 avg)  2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 4 for 18 (.222 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, K

Hanley Ramirez – 6 for 26 (.231 avg) 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Blake Swihart – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, K

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) RBI, 3 Ks

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