Records Entering Series: NYY (5-5, 3rd in AL East), BOS (8-1, 1st in AL East)
The Boston Red Sox are off to their hottest start in franchise history. At 8-1 and riding an 8-game winning streak, they welcome the New York Yankees to town for a 3-game set that will act as the first true test of the season for this team. With the top of the rotation on the hill and the bats seemingly warming up, they’ll look to take at least 2 out of 3.
Hitters to Watch
NYY: Giancarlo Stanton – “Mike” Stanton will be experiencing his first action in the hallowed Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry. He’s had a rough start to the year so far, hitting just .147 in 42 at-bats. He’s struck out 5 times in a single game twice in the last 6 games, and the New York boo birds are beginning to let him hear it. This will be a big series for Stanton.
BOS: J.D. Martinez – Similar to Stanton, Martinez will be getting his first taste of the rivalry, and, also like Stanton, Martinez has struggled to begin his tenure in with his new team. He looks to be seeing the ball pretty well, though, he’s making pretty good contact, and he finally got that first home run he had been craving, so a turn around could be on the horizon.
Pitchers to Watch
NYY: Aroldis Chapman – Chapman had a 7.27 ERA, a 2.19 WHIP, and 11.4 BB/9 vs. Boston last year. To put it plainly, the Sox had his number. He’ll try to turn that around and resemble the pitcher he’s been vs. the rest of the league if he sees any action this series.
BOS: Rick Porcello – Porcello has been very good so far this year, but his 1st inning in his last start vs. Tampa was a little troubling. He allowed 2 runs in that opening frame, a continuation of a worrying trend carried over from 2017. His start vs. New York will be a good barometer of the kind of pitcher we’ll see him be in 2018.
Matchup to Watch: Chris Sale vs. Luis Severino.
The two aces of their respective clubs, both Sale and Severino have gotten off to magnificent starts. Sale has a .82 ERA, 15 K’s and a .162 OBA through 2 dominant starts, and Severino has been just as good, allowing only 6 hits and 2 runs through 13 IP. They’ll square off in the series opener on Tuesday in what could be a preview of a playoff matchup.