10/5 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 of ALDS vs NY

SALE DAY

 

After a long & thrilling regular season, playoffs in Fenway Park has finally arrived. And also after 14 years since the Sox winning it all in 2004, the Red Sox and Yankees square off each other in the ALDS. The two rivals have met up with each three previous times in the playoffs (99, 03, 04), but this is the first time that they have met in the Division Series. With how the Yankees often take advantage of their short porch in right, even more importance that the Sox have homefield advantage.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox, looking to prove that he can be the real Chris Sale when October rolls around. All systems are go to have him let loose. His last start saw him start off the game at 88 mph, but he noted there was mechanical flaws that needed adjusting. There should be no shock tonight when its going at a speed of 97 and up. As much a Sale bluntly won’t talk about his success against the Yankees, which is just awesome because it’s how an Ace should talk… I’m gonna put his stats out there of him facing the Yankees in a Sox uniform.

7 starts (2-3, 2.11 ERA)

47 innings, 38 Hits, 12 Runs (11 ER), 6 HRs, 8 Walks, 69 Ks

Sale last faced the Yankees way back on June 30, when he threw seven shutout innings. Yankees batters last faced him over three months ago, advantage to Sale.

J.A. Happ takes the ball for the Yankees. When he was acquired, it was a move to help shore up their rotation (extra oomph that he pitches well for the Sox. Happ was 10-6 as a Blue Jay with a decent 4.18 ERA. Since donning pinstripes, he has gone a perfect 7-0 in eleven starts with a sparkling 2.69 ERA. The starter that was acquired to help stabilize the rotation, is starting Game 1 of the ALDS vs the arch rival Red Sox.

Like Sale dominates the Yankees, Happ thrives on dominating the Sox. These are his stats vs the Sox this year, and that includes the two grand slams he has given up.

4 starts (1-1, 1.99 ERA)

22.2 innings, 17 Hits, 11 Runs (5 ER), 2 HRs, 6 Walks, 29 Ks


Chris Sale — Career vs New York Yankees in 17 games (14 starts), 6-4 with a 1.61 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 31 games (28 starts), 12-6 with a 2.83 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar – 0 for 6, K

Brett Gardner – 4 for 25 (.160 avg) 3 Walks, 10 Ks

Didi Gregorius – 4 for 14 (.286 avg) Double, K

Adeiny Hechavarria – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 4 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 8 for 25 (.320 avg) 2 Doubles, 9 Ks

Aaron Judge – 3 for 18 (.167 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 13 Ks

Andrew McCutchen – 0 for 3

Austin Romine – 2 for 17 (.118 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 8 Ks

Gary Sanchez – 3 for 20 (.150 avg) Double, 8 Ks

Giancarlo Stanton – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 3 Ks

Gleyber Torres – 0 for 3, 3 Ks

Luke Voit —–

Neil Walker – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)


J.A. Happ — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 21 games (20 starts), 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 10 games (9 starts), 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 18 (.111 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Mookie Betts – 7 for 34 (.206 avg) Double, Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 5 for 31 (.161 avg) Double, Triple, RBI, 4 Walks, 6 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 20 (.150 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Rafael Devers – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) 2 Ks

Brock Holt – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk, 5 Ks

Ian Kinsler – 7 for 27 (.259 avg) Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

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

J.D. Martinez – 4 for 20 (.200 avg) RBI, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 5, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 8 for 31 (.258 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Steve Pearce – 11 for 32 (.344 avg) 2 Doubles, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 5 Walks, 4 Ks

Blake Swihart – 0 for 3, 3 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

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