The Yankees offense could never quite break through in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. There is still the chance for a series win, and that starts with a strong performance tonight. Let’s take a look at the starting pitching matchup as well as the starting lineups.
Jordan Montgomery gets the ball for his 15th start of the season. The tall lefty has been the Yankees’ second-best starter since Corey Kluber went down with injury. He has averaged over five innings per start and is carrying the lowest WHIP of his career (1.170). On the year, Montgomery is 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA, 3.62 FIP, and 75 strikeouts in 76 innings.
Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the home team. The former Yankee is putting together the best campaign of his career. Even though he has seen a slight dip in his strikeout totals, he is maintaining a career-low home run rate while still throwing as hard as ever. In 15 starts, Eovaldi is 7-4 with a 3.90 ERA, 2.57 FIP, and 78 strikeouts in 83 innings.
The Yankees make only one change in the starting lineup from yesterday. Brett Gardner takes over in center, pushing Aaron Judge to right and Clint Frazier to the bench. Miguel Andújar collected three hits last night as he continues to recapture the form of his 2018 campaign.
The Red Sox make two changes to their lineup, with Bobby Dalbec and Connor Wong coming in for Marwin Gonzalez and Christian Vazquez. JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers are as dangerous a one-two-three punch as you’re likely to find in any major league batting order, so Montgomery will have to be extra careful when navigating the middle of the Red Sox lineup.
How to watch
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
First pitch: 7:15 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: FOX
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv
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Saturday Night Showdown. #SquadUp pic.twitter.com/64ea3gHY4J— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 26, 2021
Another night at Fenway. pic.twitter.com/I2qVsiVbuo— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 26, 2021