9/18 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 in the Bronx

 

After a rain soaked start to the day, a 1pm start time time was pushed back to 7pm. So the possible division was delayed till the night time. All the Sox need is one win in this series to accomplish the feat. Last month looking at the schedule, a six game set facing the Yankees and Indians looked to be a tough test two weeks before the playoffs. Now with a magic number of 2 to clinch the division, these games going forward is all about limiting pitch counts and Cora dolling out “spring training” lineups.

Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Sox. Since Eovaldi’s 3 scoreless inning start vs the Braves on Sept 3, Eovaldi has pitched just once in the last couple weeks. The last time was a week ago today against the Blue Jays. Having a relief appearance in Sale’s return to the rotation, Eovaldi allowed 2 Runs off of 3 Hits in 3.2 innings while striking out four Jays batters.

Eovaldi’s last time facing the Yankees was actually the last time he had a good start, and that was the pure definition of a good start (8 innings, 0 Runs). These last two weeks of the season of Cora figuring out his postseason bullpen will be a top subject matter. With Eovaldi being used out of the pen just once so far, hard to gauge what role he would have come the month of October.

J.A. Happ takes the ball for the Yankees. Something that’s surprising, since debuting in 2007…. Happ has just two seasons of winning more than 12 games (20 in 2016, and 16 currently in 2018). Happ’s Yankees times have made him quite the solid acquisition for the pinstripes, going 6-0 in 8 starts with a 2.70 ERA. He has had just one bad start for them, allowing more than 3 ER. That start came on Aug 30 vs the Tigers, allowing 5 ER off of 10 Hits in 4.1 innings.

Happ has faced the Sox two times this season, going 0-1 with an **0.84 ERA. The asterisks are because he has given up 6 Runs (1 ER) in 10.2 innings, four of those runs coming by virtue of Mookie’s exhilarating grand slam! But also in that span, Happ does have great command of the zone when facing Sox batters. In those 10.2 innings, he has just 1 walk while punching out 16 Red Sox batters.


Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs New York Yankees in 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA. That is 5 ER in 15.1 innings off of 11 Hits and 2 Walks, while striking out 9 Yankees batters. Career at Yankee Stadium in 25 games (24 starts), 10-5 with a 3.85 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) K

Greg Bird – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Double

Brett Gardner – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) K

Didi Gregorius – 5 for 12 (.417 avg) Triple, HR, RBI

Adeiny Hechavarria – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Triple, 2 RBIs

Aaron Hicks – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) Walk

Kyle Higashioka —–

Aaron Judge – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Double, K

Andrew McCutchen – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) RBI

Austin Romine – 0 for 3, K

Gary Sanchez – 0 for 3

Giancarlo Stanton – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Gleyber Torres – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Ronald Torreyes —–

Luke Voit —–

Tyler Wade —–

Neil Walker – 0 for 3, K


J.A. Happ — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 19 games (18 starts), 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 13 starts, 8-1 with a 3.76 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 15, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Mookie Betts – 6 for 32 (.188 avg) Double, Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 26 (.154 avg) Triple, RBI, 3 Walks, 4 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 18 (.167 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Rafael Devers – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) 2 Ks

Brock Holt – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk, 4 Ks

Ian Kinsler – 6 for 22 (.273 avg) Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Sandy Leon – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) RBI, 5 Ks

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 5, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 7 for 26 (.269 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Steve Pearce – 10 for 28 (.357 avg) 2 Doubles, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Brandon Phillips – 8 for 20 (.400 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Blake Swihart – 0 for 1, K

Sam Travis – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, 2 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 4 for 14 (.286 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, 4 Ks

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