The Boston Red Sox travel to Yankee Stadium for a 3 game set starting tonight, May 8. When these two juggernauts met in early April, the Red Sox got the best of the Yankees by winning 2 out 3. The Red Sox followed up that series win by winning 8 consecutive games to reach an impressive 17-2 start. Immediately following the early series against the Sox, the Yankees hovered around .500 until they sprung to winning 15 out of 16. Combine the hot start by the Red Sox, and the current stretch by the Yankees, you get the two best records in baseball. The Red Sox stand in first place at 25-9, and the Yankees are 1 GB with a record of 24-10. This season has the feeling of first to 100 wins takes the American League East between these two foes. Let’s break down this early May showdown at the Stadium.
Tuesday, May 8
Luis Severino (NYY) vs. Drew Pomeranz (BOS) is the first pitching matchup of the series. Severino has been having a stellar season, as he has truly taken over as the ace of the Yankees pitching staff. He carries a 2.11 ERA into this start and had his best start of his career last week against the Astros in Houston. He pitched a complete game shut out and had a ton of “swagger” on the mound. On the other hand, Pomeranz has struggled thus far. He has only had 3 starts as he’s been only been recently activated from the disabled list. Through those 3 starts he has accumulated a 6.14 ERA. Look for Giancarlo Stanton to have a nice game tonight, as he has been hitting extremely well against lefties.
EDGE: Luis Severino
Wednesday, May 9
Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) vs. David Price (BOS) is the middle game pitching matchup of the series. Tanaka has been spotty this season, as evident by his 4.39 ERA. It has almost become a guessing game as to which pitching you are going to get with him. As the summer months are here, I expect him to buckle down and settle with an ERA around 3.30-3.50 range. David Price started the season exceptionally, allowing 0 ER in his first 14 innings. Since then, he ha allowed 21 ER in his past 5 starts. That rough patch has made his ERA jump from 0.00 to 5.11. The Yankees usually fare well against David Price, so I’m giving the edge to Tanaka in the game.
EDGE: Masahiro Tanaka
Thursday, May 10
CC Sabathia (NYY) vs. Rick Porcello (BOS) is the third game pitching matchup of the series. Both of these pitchers have been excellent. Sabathia has moved from a power pitcher to a finesse pitcher and it is really something to watch. Over his past 4 starts, he has allowed a total of 1 ER. The Yankees are thrilled he re-signed with them this off-season, as General Manager Brian Cashman publicly said Sabathia had plenty of other suitors. For the Red Sox, Porcello has been everything they wanted. He brings a sparkling 2.14 ERA into this matchup with a 5-0 record. Porcello has went a minimum of 6 innings every start this year since his first start in which he pitched 5.1 innings. This season could be mirroring his CY-Young season in 2016. This pitching matchup is a draw.
Not a better time for these two heavyweight rivals to meet. Let’s hope it’s great series with tons of great moments between two very young and dynamic teams.