After a crushing loss that included the Sox’s AL leading 16 Blown Saves… they graciously got two days off in a row before facing the Yankees today in London. “Growing the game” takes a back seat for the Red Sox, while they try to piece together a good groove going on. The main thing that needs to be fixed, is waiting on Dombrowski to make a move for a stud reliever. That one move can sort out the bullpen in a second. Until then, Cora has to finagle matchups while trying to not burn out the arms that he has.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox. Back on June 12th, he shut down the high flying Twins offense over seven shutout innings….. His next start six days later, the Blue Jays got to him for 5 ER in six innings. Albeit the fact, that the last three runs came in his last inning of work. Even though the bullpen is well rested, the team needs another Twins type outing from Rick tonight. He is capable of doing so. And it’s worth pointing out that he’s been worse against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, so good thing not pitching there today.

Porcello at Yankee Stadium — 8 starts (1-5, 5.96 ERA)

48.1 innings, 58 Hits, 33 Runs (32 ER), 5 HRs, 39 Ks, 14 Walks

Porcello vs Yankees, at Fenway & Comerica — 15 starts (9-4, 2.02 ERA)

98 innings, 78 Hits, 27 Runs (22 ER), 9 HRs, 75 Ks, 20 Walks

Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Yankees. His record is 5-5, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. His 3.21 season ERA would represent the lowest ERA he’s had since three years ago, the 2016 campaign (no pun intended) he had a 3.07 ERA. It would actually be a lot lower right now, if not for the brutal three game stretch he had facing the Padres, Blue Jays and Mets. From May 28th to June 11, he gave up 14 Runs (12 ER) in 18.2 innings.

Tanaka has since rebounded the last two starts against the Rays and Astros, only allowing 2 ER in 15 innings of work.

First Pitch – 1:10pm ET !!!


Rick Porcello — Career vs New York Yankees in 23 starts, 10-9 with a 3.32 ERA.


New York Yankees:

Edwin Encarcion – 13 for 46 (.283 avg) 5 Doubles, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 8 Ks

Thairo Estrada —–

Brett Gardner – 17 for 58 (.293 avg) 5 Doubles, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 10 Ks

Didi Gregorius – 5 for 31 (.161 avg) 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 6 Ks

Aaron Hicks – 4 for 35 (.114 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 5 Walks, 8 Ks

Aaron Judge – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 Walks, 2 Ks

D.J. LeMahieu – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 RBIs

Austin Romine – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) 3 Ks

Gary Sanchez – 3 for 16 (.188 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Gleyber Torres – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Gio Urshela – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 RBIs

Mike Tauchman —–

Luke Voit – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 Ks


Masahiro Tanaka — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 18 starts, 8-4 with a 4.35 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

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers – 4 for 10 (.400 avg)

Marco Hernandez – 0 for 3, K

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

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

Sam Travis —–

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

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