MLB - US Sports: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox preview
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are two illustrious names in Major League Baseball and they meet again at Fenway Park for a short two-way series.
We are closing on the scheduled regular season with the Yankees still handily placed and firm favourites to win the American League East Division at 1.005. As for the Red Sox, well, there is always next year.
New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox, Game One of Two
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
00:10 BST Wednesday 14th September 2022
How to watch
BT Sport, MLB.TV; bet 365's live streaming service
NY Yankess 1.60, BOS Red Sox 2.45
Yankee upward curve
The New York Yankees had been going through a real sticky patch, however their Sunday win over the Tampa Bay Rays helped the Bronx Bombers maintain a lead over their nearest challengers in the AL East Division.
The Yankees have won six of their last eight games and appear to have turned a corner that was getting the supporters and even the management worried.
Gleyber Torres is a player who has vastly improved since August and will be hoping to continue that form right through October.
The 25-year-old homered twice in the 10-4 rout of the Rays on Sunday. This meant that Torres became the fourth Yankee to hit 20 or more home runs this season joining Aaron Judge on 55, Anthony Rizzo with 30 and Giancarlo Stanton on 26.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone waxed lyrically about Torres after the win over the Rays as he spoke to MLB.com: "When he’s at his best, he’s the guy that lengthens our order and gives us power.
"When he’s at his best, he’s a tough out against really good pitching, too. He’s done it in his playoff career so far, just being a tough out and good bat-to-ball, using the whole field. Hopefully, this gets him rolling a little bit for the stretch drive."
Red Sox in state of flux
At the trade deadline, the Red Sox didn’t want to completely give up on 2022, but also had designs on 2023 as well.
They traded Christian Vazquez and Jake Diekman, but also acquired Eric Hosmer, Tommy Pham and Reese McGuire. However, their mixed results recently has placed the Red Sox firmly in a 'win in 2023' category now.
In the past ten days, the Red Sox have promoted three relief pitchers from Triple-A, given real playing time to Connor Wong, made sure that Triston Casas has the first-base position and signed Kike Hernandez to a one-year extension. This is definitely planned for 2023.
Casas was called up from Triple-A Worcester to play at first base and made his debut against the Texas Rangers a week ago. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said about Casas to ESPN: "He’s going to play almost every day. We'll get to know him on a daily basis and see what he’s all about. Obviously, the player we like."
There has been an element of consistency in the results of the Red Sox. In their last ten games, they have won four, then lost four on the spin, followed by winning their last two games.
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Despite being such a dominant side in the first half of the season, the Yankees only hold a slight edge over the Red Sox in the meetings so far this season.
Boston have won five of the past eight meetings, however New York have won seven of the 13 games behind the two sides to date.
This is a short two-match series followed by a four-game series at Yankee Stadium in a little over a week's time.
On the Mound
The Yankees will make a last minute decision over who will pitch for them in game one of the series.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox will have Nick Pivetta on the mound for them. The 29-year-old has a 9-11 record so far this season with a 4.29 ERA.
Pivetta has two no-decisions and two losses in his last four pitching appearances and hasn't picked up a win since the middle of August when he got the win against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
With the Yankees still having a lack of confidence (unless you are Aaron Judge of course) then the Red Sox might prove to be a troublesome adversary.
However, Aaron Boone's side know what is required of them now in the final stages of the season and despite these two games being at Fenway Park, it's probable that the Yankees will win at least one of the games, if not both.