It was an up and down series for the New York Yankees (11-8) over the weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays. While they managed to get a split of the four game set, New York saw their bullpen get taxed due to giving up 16 runs on Saturday night and have most likely lost starter Ivan Nova for a significant amount of time due to an elbow injury. That being said, the Yankees’ got Mark Teixeira back into the lineup on Sunday and will probably get David Robertson back as the closer on Tuesday night in Fenway. After the last Yankees-Red Sox series that saw all four games decided by three runs or fewer, this next series at Fenway should be exciting.
The Boston Red Sox (9-11) come into this series off of a split of their own four game series against the Baltimore Orioles. On Monday afternoon, they nearly pulled off back-to-back games in which they would rally from 5+ runs, but fell one run short in a 7-6 loss. Unlike the last series in New York, Boston will have their closer back in the fold (Koji Uehara) as well as a healthy Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox will likely get Shane Victorino back into the lineup by the end of the series as he is in the final stages of rehab for his hamstring injury.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show (recorded Sunday night), I discussed the Ivan Nova injury and whether or not the Yankees should use Vidal Nuno or David Phelps to fill that spot. Paul Prims from BoSox Injection and This Week In Red joined the show to discuss this week’s series as well as his thoughts on the last Red Sox-Yankees series in Yankee Stadium, where New York took three out of four games. Here are the topics we discussed on the show:
- What a difference a week makes for the Red Sox
- John Farrell‘s bad luck with replay
- Shane Victorino’s return from injury
- Masahiro Tanaka‘s Fenway debut on Tuesday against Jon Lester
- A look back on Michael Pineda‘s pine tar (Wednesday’s starter vs. John Lackey)
- Will C.C Sabathia ever beat the Red Sox? (Thursday’s starter vs. Felix Doubront)
- Jacoby Ellsbury‘s return to Fenway: How will he be received?
- Players To Watch In This Series: (Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts)
- Derek Jeter‘s 10-game hitting streak!