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New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox: J.A. Happ vs. Chris Mazza

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Can the Yankees make it ten in a row?

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

This win streak will end eventually, but after a gutsy win in extra innings last night, it’s hard to argue the Yankees haven’t come all the way back to being one of the top teams in baseball. They’ll go for their tenth straight win tonight, in game two of their series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

J.A. Happ gets the ball, looking to cement his spot at the back of the team’s playoff rotation. He’s got his ERA down below four for the first time in what feels like a long time, but still struggles with walks and home runs. I’m happy he’s pitching well, but like every Happ start, I’ll be worried every pitch along the way.

The Red Sox send Chris Mazza to the hill, who has really had a pretty forgettable 21 innings in 2020. A 5.57 ERA belies a much better 3.91 FIP, but he also walks more than four men per nine innings. Patience is the name of the game for Yankee hitters, so long as the strike zone is called correctly.

Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez are both resting today after a long game last night, and all are expected to play in tomorrow’s day game per Aaron Boone. Yay for Brett Gardner batting third.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST, and you can catch the action live on YES locally or on MLB.tv out-of-market. You can also listen to the broadcast on WFAN or WADO.