The suddenly-massive Red Sox bullpen got to the Yankees’ hitters on Thursday, limiting one of the league’s best offenses to just one run all night. The Red Sox ran out seven different pitchers in a nine-inning game, and the Bronx Bombers just couldn’t get much of anything going. The Yankees still hold a 15.5 game lead on the Red Sox in the AL East, but it would be nice to see them turn things around today.
J.A. Happ will get the ball for New York for Saturday afternoon’s affair. Happ is coming off his best start of the year. He went six scoreless against the A’s last week and only surrendered one hit. Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come because he was terrible in August. In over 24 innings, he owned a 7.30 ERA.
In what figures to be another bullpen game, the rookie Travis Lakins will be opposite Happ. The 25-year-old Ohio native has thrown just over 15 innings this season to the tune of a 4.70 ERA and 5.9 K/9. With 16 pitchers in their bullpen, the Red Sox have the luxury of running a variety of different looks against the Yankees. It’s just a matter of whether or not the Yankees can catch up today.
As far as lineups go, it’s a pretty standard look for the Yankees today. Luke Voit is still weirdly hitting at the bottom of the lineup, but other than that, no real surprises. Here’s a full look at both teams’ orders today:
First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM. You can watch on FS1 or YES, steam on MLB.tv (out of market), or listen along on WFAN and WADO. Go Yankees!