Going 3-3 over the past six games, and ending a gut punching game with a tag out at home last night, is in the past. Now the Red Sox embark on a four game series with the hated Yankees. Alex Cora tells us his crew is still in it...
This really has to be the last ditch effort of a desperate team. Show up big against the Yankees with their backs almost all the way through the Green Monster, or go home.
Pitching Matchups/Schedule (TV)
9/7 - Undecided vs J.A. Happ (FS1/4:05pm)
The Yankees pitchers have good records against the Red Sox, but they are beatable: German is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA, Happ is 2-0 with a 4.25 ERA, Tanaka is 0-1 with a 40.50 ERA, and Paxton is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. The bats should have some success.
Xander Bogaerts is two hits away from 1,000 hits for his career.
What To Watch For
Do the Sox look engaged or is Cora just whistling past the graveyard? We should know early tonight if they're putting on tough at bats. Let's face it, other than Rodriguez the Red Sox starting pitching is suspect.
Things have gotten slightly worse since before the Twins series. Now the fight for the second Wild Card is as follows:
- Oakland 81-58
- Cleveland 81-60 1 Game Back
- Boston 75-65 6.5 Games Back
Not great. The season so far says they'll go 2-2 in this series. Is Alex Cora's message getting through to the team and are they feeling desperate enough to lay it all on the line? Time will tell. David Price going down before the series is not a good sign.