Sunday, May 3, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 5/3

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have played two games already this series and these games have certainly lived up to the hype that is the Yankees and Red Sox rivalry. On Friday night we all watched a pitchers duel between CC Sabathia and Justin Masterson which was aided by strong defense on both sides and on Saturday afternoon we watched both Nathan Eovaldi and Wade Miley come out of the gates pitching well. We all saw as Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays with his 660th home run of his career and with the first two games being played well by both teams I expect nothing less than another instant classic tonight inside Fenway Park. Tonight the Yankees will send Adam Warren to the mound to face off against the Red Sox right hander Joe Kelly. The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN as a part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

  • Warren has only been a starting pitcher full time for about a month in the major leagues but has still yet to complete six innings in his career. Warren has made spot starts in his career for New York after being a starting pitcher in the minor leagues and came close to finishing out six innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Last time out Warren allowed one run on five hits with six K's in 5.2 innings. Whether Warren gets six innings tonight or not is less important than if he can keep his team close enough to come from behind and win it with the bullpen like they have so many times already this season. 

  • Kelly  has dominated the Yankees already once this season on a Saturday afternoon game in the Bronx and is fresh off a 10 strikeout performance against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start. Kelly lasted just six innings and did allow five runs in the contest pushing his average K's per nine innings to 10.65 on the season, the highest mark of his young career. 

Will the Yankees see the Kelly that dominated them on a Saturday afternoon or will they see the Kelly that allows a lot of hits, runs and home runs in his career? Will Warren hold a strong Red Sox offense down like he did last time out against the Rays or will he allow a ton of runs like he did in his last start against the Detroit Tigers? Only one way to find out Yankees family, tune in tonight on ESPN. You bring the popcorn and I'll bring the headphones, go Yankees!

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