Yankees @ Red Sox Series Preview

This is what we’ve all been waiting for. The best rivalry in sports goes to Boston for a three game series at Fenway Park with both the Yankees and Red Sox sitting at 68-42 atop the American League East. The stage could not be set any better so let’s preview.

(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Boston offense is the best in the American League by a lot as they lead most categories including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, wOBA,wRC+, fWAR, and runs scored. They are also second in BB% and ISO. Here’s a projected lineup:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Carl Crawford, LF
  7. Josh Reddick, RF
  8. Jason Varitek, C
  9. Marco Scutaro, SS

The Red Sox starting rotation has been hurt by injuries to Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey so the numbers aren’t too impressive. They rank in the bottom five in the AL in FIP, xFIP, innings pitched, walks per nine innings and homers per nine. Here are the projected pitching match-ups:

Friday

Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17 ERA)

Saturday

CC Sabathia (16-5, 2.55 ERA) vs. John Lackey (9-8, 6.23 ERA)

Sunday

Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20 ERA)

The Sox pen has also been very good pitching to a slash line of 3.53/3.39/3.75 (ERA/FIP/xFIP). Jonathan Papelbon has been very good as the closer along with set-up man Daniel Bard and middle reliever Matt Albers. Other than that, they haven’t been too consistent.

I can’t wait for this series to start. I see the Yanks taking two out of three (finally) and coming back to New York in first place by themselves. The first one will be played tonight a little after 7 pm. Let’s Go Yanks!!

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