5/31 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups: Crucial Series in the Bronx

The injury riddled Yankees hold a 7.5 game lead over the 29-27 Boston Red Sox, who have only dealt with two major injuries (Pedroia, Eovaldi missing two months). The last 15 games, the gap has widened due to the Sox going just 7-8 in that stretch. Now tonight in what was supposed to be a four game set, is now a regular three game series. Last night’s game will be made up in early August. That sets up an intriguing four game series, immediately after the trade deadline. Where will the Red Sox be at that point?

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox. The wiry left hander is sitting at 1-6 with a 4.19 ERA. Don’t let his W-L record fool you. A good number of his starts has seen him be denied of Wins because of no offensive run support, defensive miscues, and the bullpen unable to secure a W next to Sale’s name. In the month of May, he’s done his job for the team.

5 starts (1-1, 2.23 ERA)

32.1 innings, 16 Hits, 10 Runs (8 ER), 3 HRs, 56 Ks, 8 Walks

Throughout his career, Sale has had his fair share of gems facing the pinstripes. Tonight he faces a lineup without a number of their star sluggers. The newly acquired Kendyrs Morales has had the most experience & success facing Sale.

J.A. Happ takes the ball for the Yankees. The month of May hasn’t been kind to Happ (ERA-wise), as he starts his sixth game of the month. There has only been one start where he has given up less than 3 ER (5 scoreless innings vs Seattle).

5 starts (3-1, 5.61 ERA)

25.2 innings, 26 Hits, 16 Runs, 7 HRs, 26 Ks, 5 Walks

The homerun ball is something to monitor. In 58.1 innings pitched, Happ has already had 14 batters round the bases after taking him deep. So let’s see some more of this…….

First Pitch – 7:05pm ET !!!


Chris Sale — Career vs New York Yankees in 18 games (15 starts), 6-5 with a 1.87 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 9 games (8 starts), 2-3 with a 2.36 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Clint Frazier – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) HR, RBI, K

Thairo Estrada —–

Brett Gardner – 5 for 27 (.185 avg) Double, 3 Walks, 10 Ks

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

D.J. LeMahieu – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Cameron Maybin – 3 for 16 (.188 avg) RBI, 4 Ks

Kendrys Morales – 11 for 41 (.268 avg) 3 Doubles, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, Walk, 10 Ks

Austin Romine – 3 for 19 (.158 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 8 Ks

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

Gleyber Torres – 0 for 6, 5 Ks

Gio Urshela – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, 2 Ks

Luke Voit – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K


J.A. Happ — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 22 games (21 starts), 8-4 with a 3.05 ERA. Career at Yankee Stadium in 21 starts, 10-4 with a 4.04 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

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

Mookie Betts – 7 for 37 (.189 avg) Double, Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 6 for 34 (.176 avg) Double, Triple, RBI, 4 Walks, 6 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 22 (.136 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) 3 Ks

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

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

J.D. Martinez – 5 for 22 (.227 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 8 for 33 (.242 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Steve Pearce – 11 for 35 (.314 avg) 2 Doubles, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 5 Walks, 5 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 5 for 17 (.294 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

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