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The world seems right as the Yankees (40-34) and Red Sox (44-30) are at the top of the AL East standings (with Tampa Bay in the middle, of course). Competitive games with standing on the line is what makes this one of the best rivalries in all of baseball. Plus the utter disdain for each other. That disdain could be on display after the Red Sox swept New York in a three game series earlier this month in Yankee Stadium. Boston took the opener 5-2, and followed that up with a 7-3 win. In the series finale, the Yankees scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on a Gleyber Torres RBI double. In the top of the 10th, Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single. New York managed just a single run in the bottom of the 10th, as Phillips Valdez worked around an error to earn the save.
The Red Sox have lost consecutive series against Kansas City and Tampa Bay after falling 1-0 to the Rays yesterday afternoon. Boston could not solve Tampa starter Michael Wacha and the Rays bullpen, recording just four hits while striking out 10 times. Nick Pivetta was up to the task as well, shutting out the Rays over six innings. The Rays managed to walk it off on a Matt Barnes wild pitch that scored Manuel Margot.
New York finished off a series win against Kansas City yesterday, taking down the Royals 8-1 in the series finale. Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, and Gary Sanchez each hit homers in the win. Judge also added an RBI single and scored runs on Sanchez’s homer and Giancarlo Stanton’s eight inning RBI single.
Judge, Yankees Invade Have A Score to Settle With Boston
The Yankees will send righty Domingo German to the bump to take on the Red Sox tonight.
German, who is making his 14th start, did not factor in the decision in his last outing against Oakland. He lasted just four innings, allowing four earned runs and seven hits while walking two and recording six strikeouts. On the season, German has worked 69 innings while allowing 32 earned runs, 14 home runs, and 67 hits while walking 15 and recording 63 strikeouts. He carries a 4.67 FIP and a 1.188 WHIP into tonight’s game. Opponents have batted .248 against German, with a .248 BABIP and a 35.4% hard hit rate.
The Yankees bullpen has also been solid this season, going 19-14 with 20 saves, a 3.22 ERA, and a 1.138 WHIP. The relief corps has allowed 96 earned runs and 210 hits in 268.0 innings this season while issuing 95 walks and recording 282 strikeouts.
The Yankees lineup has slashed .233/.349/.456 with 11 homers, 29 RBI, 34 walks, and 59 strikeouts over the past seven games. This season against left handers, the Yankees have slashed .236/.313/.417 with 35 home runs and 8 RBI over 24 games. On the road, New York has hit .242/.317/.413 with 50 home runs and 131 RBI over 35 games.
Gary Sanchez leads the Yankees with a .353/.450/1.000 slash line, three homers, and seven
RBI over the past seven days. Aaron Judge has batted .329/.416/.553 with five home runs and 11 RBI against lefties, and .291/.390/.573 with nine homers and 14 RBI on the road this season.
Perez Hopes Rough Starts Are Behind Him
After allowing 11 combined runs and 12 hits in just 3.1 innings against Houston and Toronto, Martin Perez rebounded with a five inning, one earned run performance against the Royals in his last start. This season, Perez has earned a 4.40 FIP and a 1.395 WHIP in 66.2 innings. He has allowed eight home runs this season, and opponents are batting .265 against the lefty, with a .310 BABIP and a 39.0% hard hit rate.
The Red Sox bullpen comes into the game with a 17-8 record with 22 saves. The relievers have combined to post a 3.71 ERA and a 1.392 WHIP, allowing 111 earned runs and 247 hits in 269.1 innings. The relief corps has walked 128 and struck out 317 hitters.
Over the past seven days, the Red Sox have slashed .264/.335/.438 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 17 walks, and 47 strikeouts. Against righties, Boston has slashed .259/.320/.447 with 64 homers and 251 RBI in 50 games. At home this season, the Red Sox are hitting .263/.324/.432 with 39 home runs and 169 RBI.
Enrique Hernandez leads the team over the past seven days with a .313/.429/.688 slash line, a home run, and three RBI. Alex Verdugo leads the team against righties, slashing .318/.394/.538 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. At home this season, JD Martinez leads the Red Sox with a .353/.399/.568 slash line, six homers, and 77 RBI.
- Boston: Red Sox are 8-22 in their last 30 games as a home underdog.
- Boston: Red Sox are 15-36 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- New York: Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- New York: Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite.