Game 110: Just Win One

Masahiro Tanaka has a 5–2 record with a 2.09 ERA in seven career starts when the Yankees are facing a series sweep, including wins in his two such starts against the Red Sox,” tweeted ESPN’s Buster Olney on Sunday afternoon as the Yankees look ahead to salvaging one game of their four-game set in Boston.

Masahiro Tanaka has looked like a dominant pitcher of late. His last five starts (since June 8) have seen him go 3-2 (bad run support) with a 1.76 ERA and 35 strikeouts to seven walks. He has lowered his season ERA from 4.58 to 3.84 in that time, which is fantastic. He looks to be the much-needed Yankees stopper tonight, carrying an 8-4 record and 4.18 career ERA in 16 career starts against Boston into tonight.

David Price faces off against Tanaka, and the Yankees are hoping for a repeat of July 1. That night, the Yankees knocked the lefty around for eight earned runs on nine hits (including five home runs) in just 4⅓ innings. Since then (four starts), the Red Sox have yet to lose a Price start and he has a 2.81 ERA.

I’m really unsure what’s going on with tonight’s lineup. Giancarlo Stanton started 937 games in right field in his career prior to joining the Yankees, yet he’s somehow incapable of playing out there two nights in a row. He’s DHing again, which means Shane Robinson has to play right field. That takes at-bats away from Neil Walker, who had been swinging the bat well. Brett Gardner bats seventh for the first time all season, and he’s a career .316/.415/.421 hitter in that spot. Greg Bird sits in favor of Luke Voit against the lefty Price. Austin Romine is behind the plate again, meaning Kyle Higashioka has not started since July 31.

Red Sox Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts – CF
  2. Andrew Benintendi – LF
  3. Steve Pearce – DH
  4. J.D. Martinez – RF
  5. Xander Bogaerts – SS
  6. Mitch Moreland – 1B
  7. Eduardo Núñez – 3B
  8. Brock Holt – 2B
  9. Sandy León – C

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