May 30, 2019

G57: Red Sox at Yankees, PPD.

UPDATE: Tonight's game has been postponed "due to a continued forecast for inclement weather". It will be made up as the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 3.
Red Sox - 
Yankees - 
Chris Sale / J.A. Happ
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Pearce, 1B
Núñez, 2B
Bradley, CF
León, C
The Red Sox are 18-10 (.643) in their last 28 games, but only 7-8 in their last 15 games. During those 28 games, Boston leads the majors in runs scored per game (6.54), average (.282), and on-base (.363), and is second in OPS (.857). However, since May 19, New York leads MLB in runs scored with 83 (11 games).

Chris Sale is the only pitcher in major league history with multiple games of 10+ strikeouts and one or no hits allowed against the Yankees (May 22, 2014 and June 30, 2018).

The MFY are 13-3 since May 12 and 28-9 since April 19, the best record in MLB for both time periods.

Depending on what happens in the next two games, Gary Sanchez may become the first Yankee since Babe Ruth to have at least nine extra-base hits in a calendar month without hitting a double. In July 1925, Ruth hit one triple and eight home runs. (On August 1, of course, Ruth doubled!) Maniloaf has one triple and 9 homers this month. (Sanchez doubled on the last day of April, of course!)

J.A. Happ had a streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer in 11 straight starts against the Red Sox snapped in his final start last year. Happ was only the third pitcher since 1913 (when earned runs became an official statistic in the AL) to have a streak that long, behind Bob Shawkey of the Yankees (14 starts, June 29, 1921 to April 15, 19240 and Cleveland's Gaylord Perry (11 starts, September 9, 1972 to September 11, 1974).

Hector Velázquez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain. Right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn was called up from Pawtucket.

John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight", explains why he roots for the Mets: "I knew it was just not acceptable to come to America [from the UK] and support the Yankees. ... I knew [it] was the wrong thing to do morally."

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