Red Sox-Yankees Series Preview
Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Tonight, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees kick off a three-game set, their second head-to-head series of the season. Let’s take a look at where each team stands heading into the series and what we can expect from this matchup.
Friday: Domingo German (4-4, 4.17 ERA) vs. Martin Pérez (5-4, 4.32 ERA)
Saturday: Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 4.03 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (7-4, 3.90 ERA)
Sunday: Gerrit Cole (8-3, 2.33 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (5-4, 6.07 ERA)
Friday and Saturday are relatively even matchups, as both team’s starting pitchers have been decent, but not amazing so far this season. Nathan Eovaldi has been the best of the four, and actually leads the American League in FIP (2.57), suggesting he’s been closer to elite than average, but so far the results have been good, not great. The other three have pretty much been who their numbers say they are, which is to say, solid, not ace-level.
Sunday is an absolute advantage for the Yankees. Gerrit Cole has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, while Eduardo Rodriguez has struggled as much as he has at any point in his career. Maybe the inability to use sticky stuff (in other words, the inability to cheat) will turn Cole back into what he was prior to joining the Houston Astros, but even if that’s the case he’s still the superior pitcher in this matchup.
The Red Sox are just 5-5 in the past 10 games, including last night’s gut-punch loss to Tampa Bay. The offense hasn’t been terrible, but it hasn’t been great either, averaging just 4.7 runs per game in that stretch. The pitching has been terrible, giving up 6.2 runs per game over that same span, although 18 of those were exactly 10 games ago against the Blue Jays. Even so, the Red Sox have been playing decidedly mediocre baseball recently.
The Yankees, on the other hand, are 7-3 over their past 10 games, scoring 4.8 runs per game and giving up 4.1. They haven’t exactly been dominating, but they’ve been finding ways to win, with 4 1-run victories over the past 10 games.
Players to Watch
Xander Bogaerts has been on fire for Boston, slashing .320/.398/.520/.918 in June and .321/.386/.546/.932 on the season.
As stated above, Eovaldi has actually been fantastic this season, and with better luck could look dominant. He’s worth keeping a close eye on.
For the Yankees, last season’s home run champion Luke Voit recently came off the IL, and will be facing the Red Sox for the first time this season. 2020 seems like it was probably a career-year for Voit, as he’s already 30 and had never demonstrated that type of power before, but it should be interesting to watch what he can do now that he’s healthy.
The Red Sox swept the Yankees in the team’s only series of the season so far, making the season-series 3-0 Boston.
Dustin Pedroia's retirement ceremony is taking place tonight prior to first pitch, at 6:30 PM EST.