Faced with their most important series of the year, the New York Yankees laid an egg last night in perhaps their worst loss of the season. After jumping to an early 4-0 lead, the Yankees surrendered 10 unanswered runs and lost 15-7. One bad loss here or there isn’t a problem, but the Yankees have been sleepwalking for over a month and the Red Sox are chomping at the bit with the opportunity to bury the Yankees’ division hopes with another win tonight.
It was a Murphy’s law night for the Yankees, and they’ll look to start over tonight with Luis Severino on the mound. The Yankees ace hasn’t been himself recently, but a solid start against the Red Sox could be just what Severino needs to rediscover his confidence. It could also be just what the Yankees need, given that their bullpen is worn out. A true ace serves as the stopper in times of distress. Let’s hope for Severino to get back on track tonight.
The Red Sox will counter with Rick Porcello, a former Cy Young Award winner who is somehow still just 29 years old. He throws a heavy sinker and has generally fared well against the Yankees over his career at 9-8 with a 3.31 ERA. In the absence of Chris Sale and with David Price unpredictable from start to start, Porcello could be Boston’s best bet for a win, as his 13-4 record can attest. The Yankees will look to run up Porcello’s pitch count to get into the Boston bullpen, the team’s weak spot.
How to watch
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
First pitch: 7:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time
TV broadcast: WPIX, MLB Network
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280