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Boston Red Sox Vs New York Yankees Sunday Preview

August 3rd, 2014 at 5:58 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (49-61) face the New York Yankees (56-53) in the rubber match of their three game series. The Yankees evened the series last night after Boston failed to hold an early 3 run lead.

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Allen Webster was wild, often missing high and nowhere near the strike zone. He walked 6 batters before being pulled in the third inning and was charged with four runs. Walks have been an issue in both of his starts in the majors this season as he's now issued 11 free passes in 8 innings between those starts. John Farrell insists he's not far off from getting back on track and expects to keep him in the rotation.

Scouting Report

  • Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.87 ERA) will be on the mound for Boston. Of the pitchers that started the season in the Red Sox rotation, he's the only one left on this roster. He's also been the worst of the team's starters this season. Since his return from the disabled list in late June, Buchholz showed signs of improvement by limiting walks, which had become a problem before he was shut down. He walked only 1 batter in his first 5 starts since he returned, but he's allowed 4 walks in each of his last two starts. Those free passes came back to bite him in his last start, when he was pounded for 7 runs.
  • Yoenis Cespedes singled in 4 at-bats in his Red Sox debut last night and he's penciled in the lineup in left field again. He is expected to take over RF eventually, where his strong arm makes him better suited, but he hasn't had enough time to adjust to Fenway's difficult RF dimensions yet. With Shane Victorino potentially out for the year, Cespedes should settle into the role soon.
  • Boston optioned Alex Wilson back to Pawtucket and called up knuckle-ball pitcher Steven Wright to replace him in the bullpen. Wilson gave up a run on 3 hits in 2.1 innings of relief in last night's game, so he likely would have been unavailable for a couple days after throwing 38 pitches in that appearance.
  • Allen Craig remains day-to-day after tweaking his ankle rounding first on Friday. He won't play tonight, but should be ready by Tuesday after tomorrow's off day.
  • David Phelps (5-5, 3.89 ERA) gets the start for New York. He took the loss against the Texas Rangers in his last start, giving up 4 runs in 6 innings. It was the most runs he had given up in a start in over a month, spanning his 5 previous starts.
  • Carlos Beltran got off to a miserable start in his first year in the Bronx, providing below replacement level value through the first half of the season. He's been starting to turn things around lately, with 11 hits in his last 24 at-bats (.458). He homered in the opening game of the series and has driven in 5 runs in his last 4 games.

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