8/2 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Start of 4 Game Yankees Series

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The Sox Yankees 4-game series was primed to kick off in a marquee pitching matchup, Sale vs Sabathia. Alas, Sale out of nowhere landed on the 10 day DL. The hope is that he misses this one start, and is back out there against the Blue Jays next week. With Johnson rested up, he toes the rubber. As we are now in August, every win comes with a fist pump, and every loss will be under the magnifying glass. Splitting this series wouldn’t be all that bad. Anything less a split, would just be unsettling.

Brian Johnson, who was all set to get ready for role in bullpen, has been thrust back into the rotation for the time being. Johnson’s last time out was a solid one as he pitched 5.2 shutout innings vs the Twins. He walked 3 batters and gave up 4 hits, but made it impossible for the Twins to get any runs off of him. Unfortunately the Sox bats didn’t show up, he took a No Decision in a 2-1 loss. The last 2 months have made him a key piece in this pitching staff, allowing 7 ER in 33 innings (1.91 ERA).

C.C. Sabathia takes the ball for the Yankees, who are looking to make a big statement this wknd. The team has won 4 of his last 5 starts. And that’s with CC having a 5.48 ERA in the month of July (9 combined ER vs Bal & Cle). His last time out saw him last just 4.2 innings against the Royals, giving up 2 wins in an eventual Yankees loss. Interesting to note that this was his first start in 2 weeks, and he ended up falling on his knees awkwardly while trying to field a grounder. So do the Sox poke the bear by trying to lay a bunt down?

C.C.’s last time facing the Sox was nothing but dominating, throwing 7 innings of 1 run ball. He walked 1 batter and struck out 5.

Milestone Marker — He is just 69 Ks away from 3,000.


Brian Johnson — Career vs New York Yankees in 3 games, 0.00 ERA. Those are 3 relief appearances, having pitched 4.2 scoreless innings. In that short span, has given up 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 5. Career at Fenway Park in 19 games (6 starts), 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar – 0 for 2, K

Greg Bird —–

Brett Gardner – 0 for 2, K

Didi Gregorius – 0 for 3

Aaron Hicks —–

Kyle Higashioka —–

Shane Robinson – Walk

Austin Romine – 0 for 1, K

Giancarlo Stanton – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) Double

Gleyber Torres —–

Tyler Wade – 0 for 2, K

Neil Walker —–


C.C. Sabathia — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 41 starts, 18-13 with a 4.12 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 18 starts, 7-5 with a 4.84 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Mookie Betts – 12 for 28 (.429 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 Walks, 3 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 5 for 33 (.152 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 10 Walks, 9 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 7 for 30 (.233 avg) 2 RBIs, 4 Walks, 12 Ks

Brock Holt – 0 for 3, Walk, 2 Ks

Ian Kinsler – 10 for 39 (.256 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 4 Ks

Sandy Leon – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) HR, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 13 (.154 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 4 for 14 (.286 avg) RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Steve Pearce – 11 for 36 (.306 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

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