Tzu-Wei Lin has shown a bit of promise by batting.333/.435/.436 in 47 plate appearances before the All-Star break. First baseman Mitch Moreland was a first-half surprise for Boston, but he did not have a homer or an RBI in his last 11 games after going deep in three straight contests. His place is assured as one of the biggest free agent busts in major league history. The Red Sox have also been one of the best home teams in the AL with a 25-14 mark compared to just 25-25 on the road.
It was New York's fourth walk-off loss of the season.
Sanchez drove in the Yanks' first run with a single in Friday night's third inning, after Headley and Ronald Torreyes opened the frame with singles. Rick Porcello and Masahiro Tanaka facing David Price during Sunday's doubleheader, this possibility is still in play.
So far, they've been great, with a 3.04 ERA, the second best mark in the American League and the third best in the majors.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees TBD vs. It's really just a matter of being aggressive and establishing such a rhythm early on in the series.
The good news obviously is they will play most of their games at Fenway Park in the second half, and NY lost each of the previous four meetings there before taking the first two this year.
The Fenway Park faithful were thrilled about that.
They wanted to try to get the front half of that elusive two-game winning streak, but it still isn't happening.
NY enters this series having gone 7-18 since June 12 and desperately needing to hit reset. Rookie teammate Aaron Judge won the contest. The bullpen can not crumble and give away leads as it did in nine of those 18 losses.
A lefthanded hitter, Devers was hitting.282 against lefthanders and.306 against righthanders.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (31) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park July 14, 2017. A lot has changed since then, but it can still be a rallying point inside the clubhouse. Cooper became the eighth player to start at first for NY this season. The Red Sox looked like a World Series favorite after trading for Chris Sale. With Pomeranz set to face Jordan Montgomery in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs. Despite that, this writer is going to go ahead and boldly predict that neither NY nor Boston will win this series. That being said, they stand to get much more healthy in the coming week, with Brock Holt, Josh Rutledge, and Eduardo Rodriguez all slated to return in the next week or so.
On Friday, the Red Sox announced that the struggling third baseman was designated for assignment, freeing up his spot on the 40-man roster. "We've just got to come out and continue to play good baseball".
The Yankees are now facing what could be an terrible weekend that potentially could effectively end their division chances, if they were to get swept.
"Our people are tremendous, they want to win, but I would never want anybody to think that financial decisions along those lines are easy decisions to make or easy conversations to have", Dombrowski said.
Rafael is ranked by Baseball America as the #1 prospect in the Red Sox organization and #14 overall in Minor League Baseball.
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