The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will return from the All-Star break and begin the unofficial second half to the season. The Yankees have a crucial 10-game home stand coming up, as they will look to get back into the thick of things in the American League East. The Red Sox will look to beat up on a wildly mediocre Yankees team and continue their upward trend as of late in the standings.
The Red Sox will be sending Steven Wright to the mound, who was screwed out of pitching in the All-Star Game, even though he had the lowest ERA in the American League. After the Drew Pomeranz trade, the Red Sox flipped Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez's starts, as E-Rod will pitch tomorrow afternoon. Wright currently sports a 10-5 record and a 2.68 ERA, while also giving up two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 17 first half starts. In his last game at Yankee Stadium on May 8, Wright threw a complete game and dominated the Yankees.
The Yankees are countering with Michael Pineda, who has not been very sharp this season. Pineda currently has a 3-8 record with a 5.38 ERA, but his stats do not tell the whole story. In June, Pineda posted a 2.75 ERA in six starts, but has completely imploded since then. Look for the Red Sox to rough Pineda up yet again.
In some lineup notes, it appears as if the shin injury that sidelined Hanley Ramirez for the past two games before the All-Star break was nothing serious, as he is back at first base and batting fifth. Additionally, Red Sox fans will see Brock Holt and Travis Shaw return to the lineup, who have both been battling lingering injuries. Check out the probably lineups below: