By Jack Corsi – @jcorsi11
Fresh off of a sweep of the red hot St Louis Cardinals, the Red Sox will welcome the Evil Empire to Fenway Park again this weekend. After taking 2 of 3 from the Yanks last weekend, the Sox look to extend that division lead from 4.5 games to possibly 7.5 games. I’m calling this the biggest series of the season because of the potential shift in momentum we could see from atop the division.
If the Yankees can pull off a sweep of the Red Sox, then it could be catastrophic toward the division title dream. The Yankees could shift the lead down from a handful of games to just a game and a half. Now I wrote this before the Yankees Thursday night game, so it could be 5 games by the start of Friday or 4 games.
Friday night, we get Montgomery vs Pomeranz, a matchup of two guys making their second straight start against the other team. Pomeranz is coming off a great outing in New York last Saturday, I was in attendance and I will say Pomeranz was dominant. He did give up 7 hits, but had a couple of strikeouts of Aaron Judge, that’s a big time start if you ask me. Montgomery was also good in his Sunday start, giving up just 1 run. But Chapman blew it, so that I guess is just too bad.
Satuday? Saturday is Sale Day. Nothing else needs to be said.
Sunday is up in the air for starters right now. I think Boston pitches Pretty Ricky Porcello for sure, who looked great Tuesday against St Louis. While the Yankees could pitch anyone, I really don’t know who they will pitch. For the Sox to win this game, I think Porcello has to be even better than he was on Tuesday. He was good then, he has to be great on Sunday.
No matter what, the Red Sox need to win 2 or 3. You cannot afford a sweep, even if you just win one, then I consider that a massive victory. A sweep, well a sweep would be the best possible option. So gear up folks, we are in for the perfect storm for a 3 game set. Could see some major fireworks, it should be good.