Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 8/9

The New York Yankees enjoyed the off day yesterday and will now make the trip north into hostile territory as the team faces off with the Boston Red Sox inside Fenway Park. This game marks the first in the three-game set inside Boston’s historic stadium but it also marks the return of Yankees young right-hander Luis Severino to the Yankees rotation. Who did the Red Sox send out to greet Severino back with open arms? Jersey boy Rick Porcello.

Severino has pitched lights out in the Yankees bullpen since returning to the Major Leagues and will make his first start since returning tonight in Boston. In three bullpen appearances Severino logged 8.1 innings of scoreless baseball and will look to bring that newfound success to the rotation where he has a 7.46 ERA in seven starts in 2016.

Porcello is having arguably the best season of his career in 2016 and it could not have come at a better time for the Boston right-hander. Porcello did take a loss in his last start against the Seattle Mariners but that was his first loss in 13 starts so you would have to say he was due to take one on the chin sooner or later. Porcello will look to improve upon his 1-1 record and 1.93 ERA against the Yankees this season in two starts.

The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Fenway Park and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. The Yankees, as much as it pains me to say this, are looking to follow in the Red Sox footprints as of late as the Bronx Bombers go through the rebuilding phase. Boston was down for a few years before going all in on positional prospects and pitching arms from their farm system. Now the Red Sox are in a fight for the top spot in the AL East and one of the playoffs spots in the American League while the Yankees look to rebuild, oh how the tables have turned. Rebuild or not this team always brings its best against the Red Sox and nothing is sweeter than beating Boston… so Go Yankees!

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