The Sox survived another day as Oakland lost, allowing the Sox to gain a game. Although the deficit is still a lengthy six games, with 21 games left on the schedule. Unlike what has been the case for the season, the opener strategy worked to absolute perfection. Cora called on seven pitchers (Chacin only one pitching multiple innings), and they quieted the Yankees bats — 9 innings, 3 Hits, 1 Run, 13 Ks, 3 Walks

In his first career start, Travis Lakins takes the mound for the Red Sox. He hasn’t pitched since a two inning performance in Anaheim last Sunday, so he is definitely well rested to pitch the first two or perhaps three innings of today’s game. In his up & down 2019 season, his ERA in Pawtucket is very similar to his limited supply in Boston (4.60 in Paw, 4.70 in Bos). The key for Lakins is to do what he has done in his professional career thus far, keep the ball in the park. He has only allowed 19 HRs in 276 innings (Minors & MLB).

J.A. Happ takes the ball for the Yankees. Not what the Yankees signed up for in the offseason, Happ has produced a 5.34 ERA in 27 starts and the inning count is just at 140 innings total. In other words, he’s been their “Rick Porcello”. While he had a bounce back start this past Sunady (six shutout innings vs Oakland), it came after a 7.30 ERA disastrous month of August. Will he be the pitcher that continues to own Sox batters (check stats below), or will the Sox pounce on a pitcher that is having a down year?

First Pitch – 4:05pm ET !!!


Travis Lakins — First career start vs the New York Yankees. Career at Fenway Park in 5 relief appearances, 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA.


New York Yankees:

*** No active Yankees players have previously faced Lakins before.


J.A. Happ — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 24 games (23 starts), 10-4 with a 3.14 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 10 games (9 starts), 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 3 for 22 (.136 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Mookie Betts – 8 for 42 (.190 avg) Double, Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 6 for 39 (.154 avg) Double, Triple, RBI, 4 Walks, 8 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 4 for 25 (.160 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 8 Ks

Juan Centeno —–

Rafael Devers – 5 for 20 (.250 avg) HR, RBI, 3 Ks

Gorkys Hernandez —–

Marco Hernandez —–

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

Sandy Leon – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) RBI, 7 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 7 for 27 (.259 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 6 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) 2 Ks

Chris Owings – 0 for 4, 3 Ks

Sam Travis – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Double, Walk, 2 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 6 for 19 (.316 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

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