Rick Porcello (14-3, 3.46 ERA) and Luis Severino (1-6, 6.02 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (60-50) and the New York Yankees (56-55) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on NESN and YES.
Porcello pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Mariners. Mookie Betts (.311, 86 Rs, 23 HRs, 74 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. Severino went 4.1 innings, surrendering one runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in a 9-5 win over the Mets in his most recent start. Didi Gregorius (.288, 46 Rs, 13 HRs, 49 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Yankees currently sit below .500 against the AL East Division at 14-23, and the Red Sox have a 21-20 record.
For the 11th time this season, the Red Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
The Red Sox managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 10-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 6-31. The Yankees have an 11-44 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 111 this season. Boston ranks in the top half with 139.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 317 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 377.
The Red Sox are 49-35 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 40-29 record.