The Red Sox are trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the team they so resoundingly crushed a week ago, and they turn to Steven Wright to save them.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Brian McCann, C|
|David Ortiz, DH||Mark Teixeira, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Carlos Beltran, RF|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Dustin Ackley, 1B|
|Brock Holt, LF||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright||Starting Pitcher -- Luis Severino|
Between the Kulpa incident and the awful Price start, this has been one putrid series from a Red Sox team that was flying high after beating Chicago in three games. The Sox had done a great job of taking advantage of weaker competition thus far this year, but boy these last two games...
So let's get back on track. Steven Wright has been Boston's rock this season, and now they need him to be that rock as much as ever. A sweep would still leave the Red Sox solidly above .500, and in decent position in the division, but that's quite the hit to morale. This team, if it purports to be any good, should not be getting swept by these Yankees. But that's what we're facing if this is the night the knuckleball goes awry, or just another night where the Red Sox can't hit Luis Severino of the 6.31 ERA.
First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on ESPN and WEEI.