Sunday night baseball: Yankees vs. Red Sox
The final game before the All-Star break on Sunday Night as the Yankees host the Red Sox.
THE WALKING WOUNDED
The Yankees and Red Sox are arguably two of the most banged up teams in the league right now. New York's pitching staff is without three starters and two relievers including Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia. The lineup is without Brett Gardner who has been known to provide a big hit. Meanwhile, Boston entered this series without Dustin Pedroia and John Lackey among others.
Dice-K Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, and Clay Buchholz have all spent time on the disabled list this season.
Ivan Nova has begun to find his form after a rough start to the season. The Yankees' starter has allowed three earned runs or less in six straight starts with the team winning four of those outings. Nova's been able to keep the walks down and the strikeouts up. He gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings his last start in Boston which came all the way back on April 20th.
Nova had made three previous starts against Boston allowing four runs in each of those games, but they came in 2010 and 2011.
Jon Lester has had mixed results as of late. The southpaw has given up six hits or more in nine of his last 10 starts. The good thing for him is Boston has scored four runs or more in seven of those starts, so they've been able to get around his struggles.
Lester has also been good at reducing the damage for the most part, allowing three earned runs or less in six of those 10 starts. He will look for better success against a New York squad that shelled him last season on September 24th in New York. Lester gave up eight runs and eight hits in just over two innings of work.
Under is 7-1 in NYY last 8 Sunday games
Yankees are 4-0 in Game 4 of a series
Red Sox are 26-12 in their last 38 Sunday games
Red Sox are 2-6 in Game 4 of a series
HITTERS TO WATCH
Derek Jeter is 17-for-49 vs. Lester
Alex Rodriguez is 6-for-34 vs. Lester
David Ortiz is 3-for-11 vs. Nova
Adrian Gonzalez is 0-for-8 vs. Nova