9/20 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 3 Redemption

 

The Red Sox start Round 3 of clinching the division tonight. While the Yankees obviously don’t want the Sox to clinch on their home field, at the same time the pinstripes are trying to secure homefield advantage for the Wild Card game vs Oakland. They currently hold a 2.5 game lead over the A’s.

Price yesterday had the lowest ERA for a starter since the break, at 1.56. But he entered his house of the horrors in the Bronx, the Sox fell by a score of 10-1. The last four runs were allowed by pitchers who won’t make the playoff roster — William Cuevas and Joe Kelly. For Kelly, his September ERA is 11.12 (7 ER in 5.2 innings). There’s just no plausible reasoning as to why he should even sniff the month of October in Fenway.

The offense continues to scuffle, and day by day, it is becoming more of a glaring need to be fixed. They have the least amount of HRs in the month of September (11), the gloomy Mets have slugged 25 HRs. While these next two weeks are about resting starters, you also need to get the offense in a good groove before the ALDS starts.

Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox. With a 9.5 game lead and the magic number at 2, this shouldn’t be a must win game. But this team does need some good mojo. A trio of solid pitching effort, good clean defense and hits with RISP/less than 2 outs. Rodriguez is coming off of a good outing against the Blue Jays, allowing 1 run in 6 innings while walking none and striking out 7 Jays batters. He has faced the Yankees twice this season, going 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA (5 ER in 11.2 innings.

Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Yankees. Tanaka and Rodriguez actually have just about the same stats

Tanaka  – (12-5, 3.47 ERA)

Rodriguez – (12-4, 3.53 ERA)

Tanaka in the month of September is definitely playoff ready. In three starts, he’s a perfect 3-0 to go with a sparkling ERA of 0.43. That is just 1 ER allowed in 21 innings, 14 Hits & 3 Walks, while striking out 24 batters. In his last six starts, he has allowed just one HR. So for a Sox offense that’s looking to break out, they have a big test tonight. Something positive is that he has faced the Sox three times this season, allowing 11 ER in 15 innings (6.60 ERA), giving up five taters in that stretch.


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs New York Yankees in 11 starts, 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 7 starts, 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, K

Greg Bird – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks

Brett Gardner – 6 for 21 (.286 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Didi Gregorius – 8 for 29 (.276 avg) 3 Doubles, RBI, Walk, K

Adeiny Hechavarria – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) Double, 2 Ks

Kyle Higashioka —–

Aaron Judge – 0 for 7, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Andrew McCutchen – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Austin Romine – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) HR, RBI, Walk

Gary Sanchez – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Giancarlo Stanton – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Walks

Gleyber Torres – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Triple, RBI, 2 Ks

Ronald Torreyes – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Luke Voit – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, RBI, K

Tyler Wade —–

Neil Walker —–


Masahiro Tanaka — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 17 starts, 8-4 with a 4.08 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 65 starts, 34-17 with a 3.35 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 7 for 21 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mookie Betts – 10 for 39 (.256 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 11 for 36 (.306 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 6 Ks

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

Rafael Devers – 3 for 8 (.375 avg)

Brock Holt – 6 for 27 (.222 avg) 3 Doubles, 3 Ks

Ian Kinsler – 3 for 19 (.158 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 Ks

Sandy Leon – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) 3 Ks

Tzu-Wei Lin – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 4 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 7 for 16 (.438 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 23 (.217 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 4 for 17 (.235 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Steve Pearce – 5 for 18 (.278 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, Walk, 8 Ks

Brandon Phillips —–

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

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) RBI, 3 Ks

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