Friday, May 1, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 5/1

The New York Yankees lost on Wednesday afternoon in 13 innings and had an off day to think about it and let it sting so hopefully the offense will be up to the task of taking it out on the Boston Red Sox tonight in Fenway. The Yankees head into the contest in first place in the American League East division and are the only team still with single digits in losses heading into the contest. The original pitching matchup for tonight was supposed to be Justin Masterson for the Red Sox and Michael Pineda for the Yankees but Pineda was used yesterday in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka so in steps CC Sabathia. Sabathia is still searching for his first victory of the season, although he has pitched well enough to win at least two of those decisions this season. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Sabathia is winless in his first four starts of the season posting a 0-4 record with an ugly 5.96 ERA. Sabathia has pitched better than his record and his ERA suggests but has not registered a victory since April 24, 2014 and is on a six start losing streak, the longest drought of his career. Hopefully Sabathia can snap that streak tonight in Fenway Park.

  • Masterson has not been especially sharp this season for Boston but is coming off a start where he allowed just three runs over seven innings to the Baltimore Orioles. This marked just the second time Masterson threw a quality start this season and has shown better control in each of his starts this season, something that hopefully takes a step back tonight in Boston.

This is going to be another tough series for New York against another great team so I fully expect the Yankees to bring their “A” game to Fenway Park tonight. Masterson has struggled this season, and don’t get me wrong so has Sabathia, so hopefully the Yankees can jump out early and often tonight and set the tone. Go Yankees!

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