The Yankees head into today’s action with a 91-58 record. They cling to a 1.5 game lead over the Athletics for the top Wild Card berth, and the Red Sox can clinch their third straight AL East title with a win tonight. J.A. Happ (16-6, 3.75 ERA) climbs the hill for the Bombers, looking to stop New York’s two-game losing streak. He will be opposed by ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.22 ERA).
Happ has been a Godsend since joining the Yanks at the end of July. The southpaw is 6-0 with a sparkling 2.70 ERA in pinstripes. Six of his eight outings have been quality starts, and the Yankees are 7-1 when Happ toes the slab. He’s allowed a total of just one run on eight hits in his last two starts, and carries a scoreless streak of 10.2 innings into tonight’s game.
Eovaldi is 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) since Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay at the non-waiver trade deadline. The right-hander won his first two starts for the Red Sox, while not allowing a run over 15 innings pitched. That includes eight shutout frames against the Bombers at Fenway Park on August 4th. Eovaldi hasn’t produced a quality start since, and failed to complete four innings during any of his three most recent outings, the last one coming out of the bullpen on September 11th.
How to watch
Location: Yankee Stadium
First pitch: 7:05 PM EDT
TV channel: WPIX, MLBN (out-of-market only)
Online streaming: MLB.tv (out-of-market only), Facebook, (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (full listings)