By Jack Corsi – @jcorsi11
The last few years, when you saw a weekend series with the Yankees come around and draw a good amount of interest. But this particular series will garner rather high amounts of attention, as it has major division implications involved. So let me set the scene for you. The Red Sox travel to the Evil Empire for a three game set, up 4 in the division, while riding an 8 game winning streak. So not only is there a streak on the line but the divisional lead. Let’s take a look closer a bit, shall we.
The Sox will have Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale on the hill for the three starts. So yes, it will be a Sale Night, instead of a Sale Day on Sunday, as ESPN has the rivalry highlighting Sunday Night Baseball. I think the key for the Sox starters is to be able to work into at least the 6th or the 7th. I am talking about E-Rod and Pomeranz here. As good as Drew has been, I think the Saturday afternoon start could be the biggest start of his career. He could really continue to solidify himself as a major player in the rotation with a 7 inning affair. He could be the number 2 starter for the postseason if he continues the consistency. E-Rod has yet to pitch against the Bronx Bombers so I really don’t know what to say here. He just has to pitch like he did in his last start, which I thought was rather good. Sale is Sale, no other way to put it.
I have tried to forecast the Yankees starters; the only one for sure starting is Jaime Garcia. Garcia has not seen many of the guys in the Sox lineup; the only one who he has really faced is Nunez. So I am not going to try to say how the Sox will go at him. Then I would expect Jordan Montgomery and Luis Servino on Saturday and Sunday, but would not be surprised to get CC Sabathia on Sunday. Montgomery has been rather iffy so I wouldn’t be surprised if Girardi skips him all together. CC vs Sale on Sunday night would be awesome; maybe it’s just the AL Central fan in me who loves it.
My x-factor for the series for the Red Sox will be Eduardo Nunez. Nunez has been hitting opponents with haymakers left and right since he was acquired. He has been the spark to the lineup and has been one of the major reasons, in my opinion, to why the Red Sox have become a likeable team. If you listen to 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston you would know what I mean. Yankee Stadium should be very Nunez friendly; he should continue to stay hot.
Get the broomsticks ready, I like the Sox in a sweep. I’ll be traveling to the stadium on Saturday so they will win on Saturday, I can guarantee that.