8/5 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Going for 4 Game Sweep of NY

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Jul 20, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (24) celebrates with teammates after leaving the game during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Going into this all important 4 game series after the trade deadline, I was fully content with settling for a split. Sure the Yankees have been scuffling, but CC & co. always get an extra oomph when playing their rivals. Three games later has the Yankees players, brass and fans praying to baseball Gods that they don’t get swept. If that were to happen, NY Daily News sports cover page would be frame worthy.

Seeing throughout social media, number of Yankees fans blaming poor play on Yankees injuries…. Direct them to Sox’s active roster, where 8 players are currently on the 10 day DL (leads majors).

David Price takes the mound for Sox, looking to lead Sox to a 4 game sweep and take a commanding 9.5 game lead over NY. While his teammates have already done what they did, taking the first 3 games, this is still an important start for Price. He has to show what he’s fully capable of when facing the likely ALDS opponent. Price’s season ERA is sitting at 3.97. Taking out the 12 ER in 4.1 innings vs pinstripes, his season would be a solid 3.20. He is coming off of one of his best starts of the season, 8 innings of 1 run ball vs the 1st place Philadelphia Phillies.

Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Yankees, in an ultimate important game for the Yankees to save some face by avoiding a 4 game sweep. Tanaka’s ERA at 3.84 is decent, but it is a big improvement from last year’s ERA of 4.74 across 30 starts (worst season ERA). Something also that Tanaka has going for him is the current mark of having lowest opp batting avg yet in a season of .216 and second lowest WHIP of 1.05. The month of July was easily the best month of 2018 for Masahiro.

4 starts (2-0, 1.75 ERA)

25.2 innings, 18 Hits, 5 Runs, 2 HRs, 6 Walks, 27 Ks

He has faced the Red Sox twice this season, going 1-0 with an unflattering 8.71 ERA (10 ER in 10.1 innings). On April 11 his win saw him allow 6 Runs in 5 innings, while Red Sox starter David Price lasted just 1 inning giving up 4 Runs.


David Price — Career vs New York Yankees in 40 games (39 starts), 15-13 with a 4.90 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 44 games (41 starts), 22-7 with a 3.16 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Greg Bird – 0 for 7, 4 Ks

Brett Gardner – 14 for 49 (.265 avg) Triple, 5 RBIs, 7 Walks, 9 Ks

Didi Gregorius – 13 for 30 (.433 avg) HR, 5 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 7 for 27 (.259 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Kyle Higashioka – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, RBI, K

Shane Robinson – 0 for 5, Walk, 3 Ks

Austin Romine – 6 for 14 (.429 avg) 2 Doubles, 5 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Giancarlo Stanton – 5 for 13 (.385 avg) Double, Triple, 3 RBIs, 3 Ks

Gleyber Torres – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, K

Luke Volt —–

Neil Walker – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) K


Masahiro Tanaka — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 16 starts, 8-4 with a 4.18 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 8 starts, 4-2 with a 4.09 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 5 for 18 (.278 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 8 for 36 (.222 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 10 for 35 (.286 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

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

Dan Butler —–

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

Sandy Leon – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) K

J.D. Martinez – 7 for 14 (.500 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 21 (.238 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 15 (.200 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, K

Steve Pearce – 5 for 15 (.333 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Tony Renda —–

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