The first Red Sox Yankees series carries just as much importance to me as Opening Day. I hate the Yankees, with a burning passion. Every time they beat the Red Sox, my liver pays the price.
Going into this series, I am doubtful that the Veteran second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, will see any action. He is getting further tests done today in Boston. John Farrell says that it is not as large a concern as it was when the incident happened, but they aren’t going to rule everything out. I have no faith in John Farrell’s assessment of injuries, and the Red Sox have plenty of those. Fact of the matter is I would rather see Pedroia getting the rest he needs and being healthy for the whole season.
Marco Hernandez has played both games at second base in Dustin’s absence. I still love the kid and have a faith in him. The Red Sox infield is beat up. Xander is day-to-day with left thumb soreness, Brock Holt is on the DL with vertigo, and Pablo Sandoval is day-to-day with a right knee sprain. Sandoval has been horrific in the field this year with -4 defensive runs saved. Josh Rutledge is doing his rehab stunt in Pawtucket, but will return soon.
Now, lets preview this upcoming series. Tuesday we have Porcello vs Severino. Porcello had his best game of the year against The Blue Jays, giving up 6 hits, 1 BB, and no earned runs. If he can give Boston a quality start and the Red Sox bats stay hot, game 1 shouldn’t be too stressful.
Chris Sale goes against Tanaka on Wednesday. Sale has looked amazing this whole year. He leads the MLB in strikeouts (42), second in innings pitched with 29.2, and has a .91 ERA. Ervin Santana is the only pitcher with 20+ innings pitched and a lower ERA. Lets just say, I’m excited to see him deal against the Yankees. He truly is looking like the Cy Young winner so far.
The final game is a lefty matchup, Sabathia against Pomeranz. You never know what to expect from Pomeranz anymore. Sabathia is having a great year, leading the Yankees in ERA (2.70) and innings pitched. It would nice to See Pomeranz have a quality start without the bad first couple of innings that seem to plague him.
All in all, the Red Sox are the best baseball team ever, and the Yankees aren’t. Is it realistic to expect a sweep? Maybe. As a fan I’m going to, because I will never ever expect the Yankees to beat the Red Sox.