After going 6-4 on their 10-game road trip and having an off day on Monday, the Yankees have a six-game homestand, which includes three games against the Boston Red Sox and then three games against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays added David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins before the trade deadline, which makes it very likely that they will be able to secure a wild card spot.
Luis Severino will make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Yankees rivals. The rivalry doesn’t have as much meaning this season since the Red Sox are in last place and not playing for anything, but he will still be pitching his first game in a pressurized situation. He has obviously proved that he is ready since the 21-year-old phenom had a 1.91 ERA in 61.1 innings for Triple-A Scranton this season with a 7-0 record, 50 strikeouts, 17 walks and zero homers allowed.
The Yankees need production from him with Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list. The Red Sox have somewhat underachieved offensively as they are eighth out of 15 teams in the AL in runs scored, ninth out of 15 teams in homers and eighth in the league in RBIs.
The Yankees 18-8 record and 5.7 runs per game since July 1 are both best in Major League Baseball. There is a good chance that they can continue to put a high amount of runs on the scoreboard against the Red Sox since their 4.52 team ERA is second worst in the American League. Their pitching staff also has the fourth worst batting average against (.266) in the league.
The Red Sox currently have a -65 run differential and their 47-59 record puts them 13 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Here are the pitching matchups for the series against the Red Sox in the Bronx.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-4, 3.80)
LHP Henry Owens (MLB debut)
7:05 p.m. YES Network and MLB Network
RHP Luis Severino (MLB debut)
RHP Steven Wright (4-4, 4.53)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
LHP CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.54)
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3, 4.34)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network