The Yankees have already accomplished the bare minimum in this series by not getting swept, and yesterday they guaranteed at least a split, something I think most of us would be cool with this series. Today though, I’m getting greedy and I want the Yanks to take three of four and bury the Red Sox.
It won’t be easy with Jon Lester taking the ball for the Sox, but he’s allowed at least four runs in every start since the All Star break, and opponents are hitting .292/.339/.481 against him during that time. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it makes me feel slightly better. Phil Hughes, meanwhile, hasn’t allowed more than three runs in four of his last five starts, so he’s starting to come out of that little funk from mid-season. The bullpen should be pretty rested for this one, no one really had to over-extend themselves last night.
Remember when the Yankees were 0-8 vs. Boston last year? They’re 16-5 against them since (h/t Kiertsen). Good times, good times. Here’s this afternoon’s lineup…
Posada, C – day game after a night game? head explodes
And on the bump, it’s St. Philip of Hughes.
This afternoon’s matinee starts a little bit after 2pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game, y’all.