Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Series Preview

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The Boston Red Sox will continue their homestand as they take on the New York Yankees for four games. The Red Sox are coming in off a series loss to the Baltimore Orioles, who took two out three over the weekend and outscored the Red Sox 27-21. The Yankees are coming in off a series loss, dropping two out of three to the Milwaukee Brewers and being outscored 20-8. This season head-to-head, the Red Sox are 8-1 against the Yankees and have outscored them 54-24; this series will also wrap up the season series for the Red Sox and Yankees.

Boston Red Sox (73-70) vs. New York Yankees (71-72)

Game 1:

Date: Monday, September 11
Time: 7:10 pm EST
Broadcast: NESN

Game 2:

Date: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 7:10 pm EST
Broadcast: TBS/NESN

Game 3:

Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 7:10 pm EST
Broadcast: NESN

Game 4:

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 7:15 pm EST
Broadcast: Fox

Probable Starting Pitchers

Game 1: Kutter Crawford (6-7, 4.36 ERA) vs. Clarke Schmidt (9-8, 4.54 ERA)

Kutter Crawford
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Crawford will kick off the series for the Red Sox, making his 28th appearance and his 20th start of the season. He posts a 4.18 FIP, a 1.16 WHIP, a 2.5 BB/9, and a 9.0 K/9. In his last start against the Rays, he went 3.2 innings, giving up five runs on three hits; he walked four and struck out five. In his career against the Yankees, Crawford is 2-1, pitching in five games and making three starts; he posts a 1.89 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP, and a 9.0 K/9. This season against the Yankees, Crawford has made one start, picking up a win going six innings, giving up one run on one hit; he walked two and struck out five. Crawford will face Clarke Schmidt for the Yankees, who is making his 30th appearance and 29th start of the season. Schmidt posts a 4.14 FIP, a 1.31 WHIP, a 2.4 BB/9, and an 8.9 K/9. In his career against the Red Sox, Schmidt is 0-1 in seven appearances and three starts, posting a 4.03 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and an 8.6 K/9. This season, Schmidt has made three starts against the Red Sox, going 0-0 in 15.2 innings, giving up five runs on 13 hits; he has walked five and struck out 15 over those starts.

Game 2: Nick Pivetta (9-8, 4.54 ERA) vs. Carlos Rodon (2-5, 6.60 ERA)

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This was supposed to be James Paxton getting the ball, but signs are pointing toward Nick Pivetta making the start as he replaces Paxton in the rotation. Pivetta this season posts a 4.45 FIP, a 1.23 WHIP, a 3.6 BB/9, and an 11.5 K/9. In his career against the Yankees, Pivetta is 1-3 with a 7.23 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a 10.2 K/9. Pivetta has faced them four times out of the bullpen this season, going 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA, a 0.52 WHIP, and an 11.2 K/9. The Red Sox starter will face Carlos Rodon, who is making his 11th start for the Yankees season; he posts a 6.48 FIP, a 1.40 WHIP, a 4.1 BB/9, and an 8.0 K/9. Rodon has made five starts against the Red Sox in his career, going 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 10.5 K/9; he has not faced them yet this season.

Game 3: Tanner Houck (4-9, 5.28 ERA) vs. TBD

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FILED UNDER: RED SOX ANALYSIS Tanner Houck Belongs in the Bullpen. Right now, he doesn’t have the arsenal of a complete starter. By Jacob Roy@Jake3Roy May 2, 2023, 5:00am EDT 41 Comments / 41 New Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Houck will get the series’ third game against the Yankees, making his 18th start of the season and fifth start since returning to the Red Sox rotation. This season, Houck posts a 4.46 FIP, a 1.34 WHIP, a 3.2 BB/9, and an 8.3 K/9. In his last start against the Orioles, he struggled going 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits; he walked two and struck out five. In his career against the Yankees, he has pitched in 11 games, with two being starts; he is 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and an 8.5 K/9. The Yankees have not announced an opening for game three yet.

Game 4: TBD vs. Michael King (4-5, 2.82 ERA)

The Red Sox have not announced a starter for the finale yet. This is Chris Sale’s spot in the rotation; however, it has been rumored they will skip his next start to rest his arm or potentially shut him down for the season, so it remains to be seen who will get the ball. The Red Sox starter will face Michael King for the Yankees, who is making his 46th appearance and sixth start, posting a 3.07 FIP, a 1.13 WHIP, a 2.8 BB/9, and a 10.8 K/9. In his career against the Red Sox, King is 2-3 in 12 appearances and two starts, posting a 6.00 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and an 8.0 K/9. This season against the Red Sox, King has pitched in three games, going 0-0 with a 15.75 ERA, a 3.00 WHIP, and a 4.5 K/9.

Red Sox vs. Yankees Batting Leaders

Red Sox vs. Yankees Leaders
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Series Prediction

It’s hard to predict this series without knowing who will pitch game three for the Yankees and game four for the Red Sox. The Yankees had been revitalized as of late thanks to the call-up of Jasson Dominguez, who was slashing .258/.303/.677 with a .980 OPS, four home runs, and seven RBI, but his season came to an end as it was announced he needed surgery on his UCL. With Dominguez out and the Yankees not having played great baseball against the Red Sox this season, the Red Sox can take three of four in this series, but I’ll play it safe as the 2023 Red Sox have been a roller coaster and say it’s a series split.

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