The Boston Red Sox will continue their homestand by welcoming in their rival, the New York Yankees, for a three-game weekend series after the Red Sox took two out of three from the Yankees just last weekend in New York. The first game of the series is set for 7:10 PM on Friday night. The middle game on Saturday will be at 7:15 PM on Saturday night. The finale will be on Sunday on Sunday Night Baseball at 7:10 PM.
Red Sox Projected Starting Pitchers:
Game 1: Tanner Houck (3-6, 5.23 ERA)
Tanner Houck will get the series started for the Red Sox. Houck is making his 13th start of the season for the Red Sox and comes into this one posting a 4.30 FIP, a 1.26 WHIP, a 3.1 BB/9, and an 8.8 K/9. Houck started the middle game of last weekend’s series against the Yankees going six innings, giving up two runs on three hits; he walked one and struck out six. In his career against the Yankees, Houck has made five starts going 1-1 in 24 innings of work, giving up seven earned runs and striking out 23.
Game 2: Brayan Bello (3-4, 3.78 ERA)
Brayan Bello will get the middle game of the series against the Yankees. Bello is making his 11th start for the Red Sox this season, and he has pitched well coming into this one with a 4.23 FIP, a 1.34 FIP, a 2.9 BB/9, and an 8.4 K/9. He got the start for the Red Sox last Sunday in the series finale against the Yankees, going seven innings and giving up two runs on three hits; he walked two and struck out three. Bello has made three starts in his career against the Yankees, going 18 innings and posting an 0-2 record.
Game 3: James Paxton (2-1, 3.09 ERA)
James Paxton will start the finale for the Red Sox. Paxton is making his seventh start for the Red Sox this season and has looked like his old self as of late, posting a 3.09 FIP, a 1.16 WHIP, a 2.8 BB/9, and a 12.4 K/9. Paxton’s last start came against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, in which he went six innings, giving up one run; it was unearned on four hits; he walked one and struck out eight. In his career against the Yankees, who Paxton played for a season, he is 0-2 in two starts giving up eight earned runs and striking out 17 batters.
Red Sox Player To Watch:
Rafael Devers (.247/17/56)
Rafael Devers has turned his season around as of late, and in his last five games, he is 6-20 with five runs scored, a double, four home runs, and six RBI. A lot of those numbers came in last weekend’s series against the Yankees, as Devers has found a lot of success against Boston’s rival. In his career against the Yankees, Devers is hitting. 264 in 90 career games with 84 hits, 21 home runs, and 56 RBI.
The Red Sox are coming in off a series loss to the lowly Colorado Rockies, a series I predicted they were going to sweep and they should have, but they would drop the two games in extra innings. Now enter the Yankees, the Red Sox took two out of three from the Bronx Bombers last weekend, and the pitching for the Red Sox looks good. The Yankees will not have Gerrit Cole going this weekend, so the Red Sox will face Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt for sure, and Sunday’s starter for the Yankees is to be determined. This a series with the pitching matchups. I could see the Red Sox sweeping, but given the lineup lately, I’ll go with the Red Sox taking two out of three.