In the last of a four-game series between the Boston Red Sox (84-64) and the New York Yankees (77-71) at Fenway Park, Drew Pomeranz (10-12, 3.25 ERA) and CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.10 ERA) take the mound. The Red Sox won the last game 6-5, and Boston can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game starts at 8:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 18 and will air on ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Pomeranz pitched 2.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles. Mookie Betts (.314, 111 Rs, 30 HRs, 106 RBIs, 24 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Yankees were victorious the last time Sabathia pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. Carlos Beltran (.299, 70 Rs, 27 HRs, 88 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Yankees, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The Red Sox are 34-28 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 28-34 against their division.
New York has won 54% (40-34) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 60% (42-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Yankees managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with a 49-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 9-39. The Yankees have a 15-59 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 168 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 193.
Ranking 19th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 428 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 502.
The Red Sox are 71-43 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 59-37 record.