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Game 11: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees - Lester vs Sabathia

Rivals match aces for the second game of the weekend set

Jim McIsaac

CC Sabathia's given up 3 home runs in 2 starts, and he hasn't pitched at Yankee Stadium yet. His ERA sits at 7.50, while his fastball is averaging 89.7 and not fooling anyone. The Red Sox are starting 2 time champion Jon Lester, pitting his 2.50 ERA and his 94 mph fastball against a Yankee lineup that has plenty of holes.


Told from the other side of the story, Sabathia has had bad luck on the homerun ball (30% of all his flyballs have left the yard, compared to 13% in 2013 and 12.5% in 2012), and his defense hasn't helped him much either; his xFIP would set a career best (xFIP is a calculation of how well he does the things he can control, strike outs, walks, and assuming a league average home run rate because of how wildly HR rates fluctuate).

Da hope!

It's Yankees-Red Sox, anything can happen and usually does.


1. Derek Jeter (R) SS 1. Jonny Gomes (R) RF
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF 2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF 3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) DH 4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Francisco Cervelli (R) C 5. Grady Sizemore (L) LF
6. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B 6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF 7. Ryan Roberts (R) 3B
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B 8. David Ross (R) C
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 1B 9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF