After last night's exciting match-up, the Red Sox and Yankees will get back at it today in The Bronx. The Red Sox were able to squeak out a win last night behind a sold outing by Steven Wright and the bats of Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw. With last night's win, the Red Sox have tied a season-high at 12 games over .500, and are just two games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
The Red Sox will be sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound, who is making his first start in the MLB since June 27. E-Rod has made two starts in Triple-A Pawtucket since being demoted and has apparently fine-tuned whatever issues he had earlier in the season, though I am doubtful of that. In six starts so far this season, E-Rod is 1-3 with a 8.59 ERA, which is a far-cry from what we expected out of Rodriguez coming into this season. Nevertheless, Rodriguez has dominated the Yankees in his young career, pitching to a 3-1 record with a 2.22 ERA in four starts.
The Yankees will counter with CC Sabathia, who will be looking to right the sinking ship that is the New York Yankees. While Sabathia has not been sharp this season, he has been one of the better starters in this weak Yankee starting rotation, amassing a 5-6 record and a 3.77 ERA. Sabathia has faced the Red Sox 32 times in his career, pitching to a 12-12 record and a 4.47 ERA.
Look for both teams to try and get out to an early lead against two extremely up-and-down pitchers.