Yanks Go Yard Radio Show Rewind: Yankees-Red Sox Preview (4/29-5/1)
On last night’s episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, we looked ahead to Yankees-Red Sox this weekend
On last night’s episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, I started off the episode by talking about the New York Yankees (8-12) losing two out of three to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The Yankees struggled to score runs all series, putting up a combined total of six runs in the three games.
Before we looked ahead to the Red Sox series, I was joined by frequent co-host, Harrison Marder. Harrison and I gave our take on each of the three games, including Nathan Eovaldi’s near no-hitter on Monday and why CC Sabathia might be the second best starter in the rotation right now. Plus, we reacted to James Kaprielian’s injury and Joe Girardi’s comments about how he would ban shifts if he was the commissioner.
Tonight, the Yankees begin their first of 19 meetings against the Boston Red Sox (12-10) at Fenway Park. So far this season, John Farrell’s club is in the top six in baseball in runs scored (114), on-base percentage, and batting average (second in the league – .278). In his final year in the league, David Ortiz is off to a great start as he is hitting .296 with three home runs and 16 RBI’s (leads team in RBI’s).
However, the concern for the Red Sox is their starting pitching. Although David Price is 3-0 and leads the American League in strikeouts, despite a 5.76 ERA, the rotation has had its fair share of injuries with Eduardo Rodriguez and Joe Kelly on the disabled list. Their starters’ ERA of 4.82 is the third lowest in the American League, ahead of only the Yankees (5.13) and the Astros (5.31).
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The other additions the Red Sox made this winter were to the bullpen. So far, their closer Craig Kimbrel, is 6-for-7 in saves despite having the third most walks of any reliever on the team (five). It will be interesting to see this Boston bullpen once Carson Smith comes off the disabled list (forearm strain).
To talk more about the Red Sox, I was joined by Christine E. from Boston Red Thoughts. Christine gave her take about the Red Sox first 22 games, the latest on Pablo Sandoval’s shoulder injury, and does she like the Red Sox and Yankees playing back-to-back weeks on ESPN’s Sunday night baseball. Here are the other topics we discussed:
- Evaluation of John Farrell
- Pitching Matchup Breakdown
- Henry Owens (Tonight’s Red Sox starter) struggling with his command
- Masahiro Tanaka (Tonight’s Yankees starter) has thrown seven innings in back-to-back outings
- What has been behind Rick Porcello’s (Saturday’s Red Sox starter) strong start?
- Michael Pineda (Saturday’s Red Sox starter) has a 2.18 ERA in his last four starts at Fenway Park
- David Price (Sunday’s Red Sox starter) with 14 K’s in his last start against the Braves
- Nathan Eovaldi (Sunday’s Yankees’ starter) coming off the best start of his Yankee career
- Red Sox hitters to watch: Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz
- Yankees hitters to watch: Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Rodriguez