The Yankees and Red Sox are set to square off in the Division Series for the first time ever. The historic rivals met three times in the LCS, with their last showdown occurring in 2004. The Yankees have only played a 108-win team in the postseason once, defeating the 116-win Mariners in the 2001 ALCS to claim their 37th pennant and advance to the World Series. In a battle of southpaws, J.A. Happ (17-6, 3.65 ERA) faces Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) in Game One of the ALDS tonight.
Happ has been a godsend since joining the Bombers in July. The 35-year-old is 7-0 with a sparkling 2.69 ERA in pinstripes. Seven of his eleven outings have been quality starts, and the Yankees are 9-2 when Happ toes the slab. Happ’s last start was one week ago in Boston, when he helped New York clinch home-field advantage for the Wild Card Game. Happ carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but then loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a walk and gave up a grand slam to Steve Pearce.
Sale saw limited action after the All-Star break due to shoulder inflammation. The perennial Cy Young Award candidate started four games after returning from the disabled list in mid-September, throwing a total of 233 pitches over 12 innings. He labored to complete 4.2 frames in his last outing against Baltimore on September 26th, when he threw 92 pitches and allowed three runs.
Rivalry. Division Series. Game 1.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 5, 2018
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How to watch
Location: Fenway Park
First pitch: 7:32 PM EDT
TV channel: TBS
Online streaming: TBS (subscribers only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280