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How about we just forget about last night?
I am going to be 100% honest with you.. Last night sucked. It never is a good night when the Red Sox lose to the Yankees, especially if it is by this much. It wasn’t ever a game to be honest. But, hopefully, tonight will be a different story.
Going into last night’s game, I felt pretty good with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound. He had a rough start against the Mariners in his last outing, but I wasn’t really concerned about it. But on Friday, his night wasn’t pretty. Rodriguez gave up five runs on seven hits. He gave up a pair of home runs and also walked two batters. Not great.
The ball was flying for the Yankees last night. For the Red Sox – not so much. After Rodriguez gave up two dingers and came out, Justin Haley came in and gave up two more.
CC Sabathia dominated the Red Sox last night. CC has been pitching really well lately and continued it on Friday night. It was one of those games that the Red Sox bats couldn’t get anything. Steve Pearce had a pretty good debut in a Red Sox uniform, however. Pearce ripped a double in his first at-bat and then singled later on in the game. It was a pretty good first impression.
Now that last night’s game is behind us, let’s focus on tonight’s game. Chris Sale is on the mound and looks to help even up the series. I saw a tweet from Jared Carrabis earlier today that made me feel really good about tonight..
Since joining the Red Sox prior to the 2017 season, Chris Sale has struck out 58 Yankees in 40 innings. Nobody else has more than 40 strikeouts against the Yankees over that span. Sale's 13.05 K/9 against New York is the best amongst pitchers with at least 20 innings.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 30, 2018
I don’t know about you, but after seeing that tweet, I was pumped up about tonight. If the offense can give Sale some run support, the Red Sox should be able to even the series up. Another thing that makes me feel pretty good is that the offense will be facing Sonny Gray. Gray hasn’t been that good this season. In his last three starts, Sonny Gray has an ERA of 5.40. He also hasn’t pitched well against the Red Sox since joining the Yankees. Let’s go even up the series.