By: Billy Lewis
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are getting set for a midweek series in the Bronx. The Red Sox enter the series at 25-9 and the Yankees are just a game behind them at 24-10. They are the two best teams in baseball right now and both have winning percentages over .700.
The Yankees are in the midst of a torrid stretch. They have won 15 of their last 16 games and the only loss in that stretch was a 2-1 defeat to the Houston Astros. Yesterday was their first off day after playing 18 days in a row. In those 18 days, every team they played was over .500 at the time of meeting the Yanks. The Bombers responded going 16-2.
This will be the second meeting of the year between New York and Boston. The first meeting was about a month ago from April 10-12, and the Red Sox took two out of three games. That first series also saw a fire that has been lacking in the rivalry recently.
April 11 was the middle game in the series and the game most remember. Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt took exception to a Tyler Austin Slide. Later on in the game, Austin was at the plate against Joe Kelly. Kelly promptly beaned Austin and a brawl broke out. When the dust settled the Yankees came out as victors, winning the game 10-7.
Tonight the Yankees will send young ace Luis Severino (5-1, 2.11 ERA) to the mound. Sevy is coming off of his first career complete game. He did it in style as it was a complete game shutout against the defending World Champion Astros. Sevy will oppose Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 6.14). This pitching matchup favors the Yankees and should allow them to kick off the series on the right foot, keep in mind, however, Severino’s only loss this season game against the Red Sox.
The Yankees enter the series trailing the Red Sox by one game in the AL East and are clicking on all cylinders. They have a great chance of winning the series which would put them in an early season first-place tie. If they are able to sweep Boston, the Bronx Bombers will have first place to themselves. Buckle up Yankee fans, it should be a fun few days.