The New York Yankees lost two out of three in their season opening series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. They didn't hit much and played sloppy defense and only got mediocre starting pitching. That isn't going to equal too many wins but it was just the first three games of the season and there was some pretty bad weather the last couple of nights. The Boston Red Sox come to town now after they beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia two out of three. The Red Sox have a high powered offense but not much pitching. Here are the matchups and what to look for.
Friday-Nathan Eovaldi vs. Wade Miley
Saturday- Adam Warren vs. Joe Kelly
Sunday-Masahior Tanaka vs. Clay Bucholz
The game tonight will feature Eovaldi Yankees debut. He looked great in spring training and has really taken to the information he has gotten from pitching coach Larry Rothschild and catcher Brian McCann. We will see if that continues as the bright lights come on and he gets thrown right into the rivalry. Wade Miley is a lefty who is average at best. The Yankees bats will hope to come alive against him. Arod has been moved up in the order to the number three spot after batting second last night. He hit his first homerun and has looked good at the plate. Will he really get it going and help carry the offense.
Saturday Adam Warren will make his first start after having a very solid spring. He came back out of the bullpen to earn the fifth spot and we will see if he can stay there or just hold it down until Ivan Nova and Chris Capuano come back from injury. This is a big chance though for Warren to show he can be a good starting pitcher and stick in the rotation. The marquee matchup of the weekend is Sunday night on ESPN when Clay Bucholz who may be the best starter Boston has goes up against Tanaka. We will see if Tanaka can bounce back or will the questions continue with another rough outing.
The Yankees offense hasn't gotten going at all but they are facing some mediocre pitching at best and the weather should be better this weekend. Will the bats wakeup or still look old and tired?? Can the Yankees pitching slow down the Boston offensive attack which looked really good in Philadelphia. We will find out beginning tonight at the Stadium.