Saturday, July 16, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox 7/16

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are back at it again this afternoon in the Bronx with the second in a three-game weekend set between the two AL East rivals. In the second matchup the Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound hoping for a return to his early season form while the Red Sox will counter with Eduardo Rodriguez. Rivalry renewed ladies and gentleman!

Sabathia’s last three starts left something to be desired for both the big lefty and the Yankees but overall CC had been one of the Yankees best starters in the first half. CC will look to improve on his mediocre career record against the Boston Red Sox this afternoon though after posting just a 12-12 record with a 4.47 ERA in 32 career starts.

Rodriguez will be called up from Triple-A before tonight’s contest to be inserted back into the rotation for the second half. The left-hander has done well against the Yankees in four career starts posting a 3-1 record with a 2.22 ERA which may explain some of the thought process behind calling him up now rather than later.

The game will be played at 4:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network, Fox Sports One and MLB TV. The Yankees second half schedule as we touched on yesterday is brutal and it’s only going to get worse after Boston leaves town tomorrow night. The good news for New York is that many of these games are on the road and/or on the east coast but the bad news is this team, at least on paper, could be gearing up for an absolutely rough month of July. Stay tuned to see if what this team looks like on paper matches what they actually look like on the field. Regardless I’m still rooting for my boys in pinstripes like I always do. Go Yankees. 

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