After sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in dominating fashion, the Red Sox finally show some life for the first time in a while. Now that they finally won a series, it’s time to see if Boston can beat a competitive team. While there is still over a month and a half in the season, the upcoming three-game series with the Yankees might be the most important series of the season.
While important is used loosely since there are still so many games, this series could have a huge effect in the standings. Ever since the trade deadline, the Yankees have been hot. They currently are only 5.5 games out of first place and only 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the Wild Card. This a series Boston cannot to afford to lose. That being said, this is a different Yankees team than the one that is 3-10 against the Red Sox.
As always with the Red Sox and Yankees, there is never a shortage of headlines coming into the series.
Even though Boston still has 42 games left in the season, they only have two more series against both the Yankees and Tampa Bay. If New York sweeps the series, Boston gets pushed out of a playoff spot. Conversely, if the Red Sox can sweep the Yankees, New York would have a steeper hill to climb to make the playoffs. Losing this series could potentially take Boston out of the hunt for the division title, depending on how the Rays do. Tampa hosts Baltimore this week, meaning Sox fans should not have high hope on getting any help from the Orioles.
While there has not been any official announcement, it’s likely Tanner Houck and Nathan Eovaldi will each start a game during the doubleheader in some order, and then Nick Pavetta will start the final game. Eovaldi has been dominate against the Yankees this season, owning a 1.71 ERA in four starts. The Red Sox like to deploy Houck on doubleheaders and he has been great in every appearance.
The Red Sox luckily won’t have to face Gerrit Cole this series. Instead, the Yankees will send out rookie Luis Gil for the first game of the series. Through two career starts, Gil has yet to allow a run. The Yankees will then send out lefties Jordan Montgomery and Andrew Heaney.
Yankees Big Additions:
As mentioned before, this Yankees team is much different than what was in July. Deadline acquisitions Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo have each hit three home runs since being traded to the Yankees, though Rizzo is currently on the IL due to COVID-19. New York is also starting to regain its health with Gary Sanchez and Gerrit Cole being reinstated. Shortstop Gleyber Torres is also due back by the end of the month. First baseman Luke Voit has also returned. New York has struggled with injuries all season, but it looks like they are starting to get guys back just in time for the final stretch of the season.
Red Sox Beatdown Baltimore
If there is one reason to have any confidence for the Red Sox, it’s how hot they were against the Orioles, scoring 30 runs in three games. After struggling early in the month, Red Sox hitters have broken out of their slumps. J.D. Martinez has hit two home runs in his last five games. Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo are each hitting over .400 in that same span. Even Bobby Dalbec is crushing the ball. The first basemen is hitting .467 with three home runs in the past week. The Orioles have a weak pitching staff, but this is the confidence boost the lineup needed. If the Red Sox hit like they did this past weekend, they should come away from this series with at least two wins.