With Rick Porcello on the disabled list, Henry Owens will get the call for the Red Sox to face their long-time rivals, the New York Yankees. Owens put up an ERA of 3.16 in 21 starts this season in AAA, and although his ERA is a little higher than the Sox would like, he'll have an edge going into the Tuesday night match-up. Owens is a left handed pitcher going up against a Yankees lineup that is filled with left-handed hitters. The 6'6'' southpaw struggled this year in AAA against lefties with a 3.81 ERA, but has history of being able to shut them down. Red Sox manager John Farrell said "...ideally having another left-hander go against that lineup in that ballpark [would give us an edge]" (Mlb.com) . Owens has been hot in the Minors lately allowing 2 or fewer earned runs in 7 of his last 9 starts, walking just 14 batters.
The Red Sox will be facing right handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who has posted a 7-4 record with a 3.80 ERA. Tanaka has recorded a quality start, 6+ IP with 3 ER or less, in 4 of his last 5 starts but struggled in his last one against the Rangers allowing 4 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings of work. The reason Tanaka struggled so much in his last start was because of his inability to locate his splitter and he'll look to do so against the Sox.
Keys to the Game
Check out Owens' Pawsox Debut and his curveball below:
- Belal Ahmed
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