Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Preview: Tonight Chris Sale Re-Ignites Rivalry
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rivalry has died down over the years with many of the core players of the rivalry moving on and causing the competitiveness and hatred to go away. We sit here at this point in time with little to no rivalry existing between the two teams,
We sit here at this point in time with little to no rivalry existing between the two teams, one could point to former Sox player and current Yank Jacoby Ellsbury as one player that is still a point of interest. Or maybe a look at Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda who got tossed from a start two seasons ago for using pine tar during the game after Red Sox manager John Farrell tipped off the umpires pre-game. Other than this though the rivalry has been pretty quiet.
Other than players from the rivalry days moving on, New York sunk to the basement of the AL East and haven’t been good when Boston has been good with both teams having inconsistent seasons in recent years. But now
But now both teams have solid young talent, and they have players who have personalities that could easily kick off the rivalry back into high gear. With game 2 of the rain-shortened series taking place tonight a newly minted Red Sox pitcher will be getting his first look at New York as a member of the Boston Red Sox. That player is Chris Sale
That player is Chris Sale, Sale has been an absolute stud for the Red Sox and he isn’t afraid of any batter. This paired with New York finally having young talented players could get this rivalry back on track and insert some much-needed excitement into these games. One thing I think everyone should look out for tonight is when Sale faces Aaron Judge, Judge happens to lean over the plate and has a ton of success when he is able to get his arms extended.
The scouting report for Judge says pitchers can find success against the Rookie by going inside and not allowing him to extend his arms. Sale is not the type of pitcher to run away from pitching inside and I wouldn’t be shocked if he went inside and nailed Judge at some point in the game. To be frank, I want that to happen, I want to see another great rivalry in Boston. But admittedly this pipe dream will is unlikely to come true with the Yankees now being a small market team in the largest city in the country and Boston being what the Yankees once were in terms of mindsets.
Either way Sale vs Tanaka is a must watch event that could help turn the lights back on and add another volume to the Red Sox Yankees historic rivalry.
Below is the lineups for tonights game:
Boston Red Sox:
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Chris Sale LHP
New York Yankees:
Aaron Hicks LF
Aaron Judge RF
Chris Carter 1B