The New York Yankees look to bounce back against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to avoid a series loss.
After losing consecutive games for the first time since mid-May, the New York Yankees are turning to CC Sabathia in the middle game of a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox with first place in the American League East on the line.
Sabathia is currently experiencing a high on what has been an up and down season for him. Entering play against Boston, the 36-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA over his last four starts dating back to May 16. All four wins, which featured 26 strikeouts over 24.1 innings, came following a Yankees‘ loss.
For Boston, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello will get the nod. He has been far from the best starter this season, as he takes his major league-leading seven losses into the Bronx to face a team he fell to on April 26 at Fenway Park. Among the 42 qualified AL starters, Porcello’s ERA of 4.24 ranks 27th.
Porcello has made five career starts at Yankee Stadium and has maintained a 4.78 ERA to coincide with a strikeout rate of 7.3. The Yankees’ offense defends their home turf well against the righty, as they own a .264/.319/.368 slash line with two homers off him in the Bronx.
Benintendi sits vs CC. #RedSox at NYY: Betts RF, Young LF, Bogaerts SS, Ramirez, Travis 1B, Leon C, Rutledge 2B,JBJ CF, Marrero 3B, Porcello
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) June 7, 2017
— ChristianKouroupakis (@TheRealCkESNY) June 7, 2017
Player To Watch: Brett Gardner
The longest-tenured Yankee has faced Rick Porcello 36 times in his nine-year career and has maintained a .333/.385/.500 slash line with three doubles and a home run. The lone home run came in the top of the 8th inning on September 1, 2015, in what was an insurance run during a 3-1 win for New York.
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This Day In Yankees History:
On June 7, 2007, former Yankees’ manager and Hall Of Famer Joe Torre won his 2,000th game with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on the road. That feat made him the first person in baseball history to win 2,000 games as a manager and have 2,000 hits as a player.
How To Watch:
- TV: YES Network, MLB Network (out-of-market-only)
- Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
- Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY