10/6 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 of ALDS vs NY

After a thrilling & tense Game 1, the Sox are set to play for a chance at a commanding 2-0 lead before taking the series over to the Bronx. While just 5.1 innings (probably could’ve finished 6th), Sale looked like his vintage self. The Yankees offense couldn’t muster anything until he left, and the Sox bullpen arrived. Only highlights came from Porcello getting 2 outs in the 8th, and Kimbrel shutting the door by striking out the side in 9th (sans Judge HR).

The Sox offense got out to a fast 3-0 lead, something that had been missing last month was the ability to strike first. Lineup is out and Nunez & Kinsler are starting again, showing that Cora is taking the defensive first approach early on in the postseason. Sox fortunately had gotten a 5-0 lead in the 3rd inning. But have to ponder if the lead could have grown even more, if Cora had Devers & Holt getting important ABs that followed.

Game 1:

1-5 in the lineup

7 for 17 (.412 avg) 5 RBIs, 5 Runs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks, SB

6-9 in the lineup

1 for 13 (.077 avg) Walk, 4 Ks

David Price takes the mound for the Sox, in the biggest start yet of his time in a Red Sox uniform. The Sox stand a very good shot of taking tonight’s game, to have a 2-0 lead before departing for NYC. To do that, Price has to get the monkey off of his back by accomplishing two things. (1) Winning a postseason start. (2) Doing that against his arch nemesis, the New York Yankees. Fortunately for him, this start isn’t taking place at Yankee Stadium.

Last time Price pitched against the Yankees at Fenway Park, was a ND on August 5th. He had pitched six innings of 2-Run ball. After pitching to a 4.42 ERA in the 1st Half to go with a 10-6 record, Price turned it on for the 2nd half going 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Tonight’s start is a huge barometer of how far the Sox will go in October.

Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Yankees, hoping to supply a better start than his teammate Happ who didn’t even last 3 innings. While the Yankees bullpen pitched shutout baseball to keep the team in the game, not a recipe for success if your starters are bounced that early…. 2016 and 2017 Red Sox say a resounding hello to that. Tanaka in 2018 had a respectful season, going 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 27 starts, capping off with a 2.85 ERA in the 2nd Half.

Like Price, Tanaka has to barrel down and pitch effectively against a team that has had his number this season.

4 starts (1-0, 7.58 ERA)

19 innings, 29 Hits, 16 Runs, 6 HRs, 5 Walks, 18 Ks


David Price — Career vs New York Yankees in 42 games (41 starts), 15-14 with a 4.90 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 51 games (48 starts), 26-7 with a 3.08 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Miguel Andujar – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) Double, HR, RBI, K

Brett Gardner – 14 for 52 (.269 avg) Triple, 5 RBIs, 7 Walks, 10 Ks

Didi Gregorius – 13 for 35 (.371 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 5 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Adeiny Hechavarria – 3 for 14 (.214 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 7 for 33 (.212 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Aaron Judge – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Andrew McCutchen – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, K

Austin Romine – 7 for 16 (.438 avg) 2 Doubles, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Gary Sanchez – 6 for 13 (.462 avg) 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Giancarlo Stanton – 6 for 19 (.316 avg) Double, Triple, 3 RBIs, 5 Ks

Gleyber Torres – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Luke Voit – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, Walk, K

Neil Walker – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) K


Masahiro Tanaka — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 18 starts, 8-4 with a 4.35 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 9 starts, 4-2 with a 3.90 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 8 for 24 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mookie Betts – 13 for 42 (.310 avg) 5 Doubles, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 11 for 38 (.289 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 5 for 32 (.156 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Rafael Devers – 4 for 10 (.400 avg)

Brock Holt – 7 for 29 (.241 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, RBI, 4 Ks

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

Sandy Leon – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) 3 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 8 for 18 (.444 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 8 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

Blake Swihart – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, K

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 13 (.154 avg) RBI, 4 Ks

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