“Who’s Pitching Tomorrow?” — July 26, 2016: Boston 10 NY 5

“Who’s pitching tomorrow?” is the question that was being asked in pizzeria’s all over NYC as another Boston schellacking of the Yankees came to a close. Like the one in Staten Island we were in. The answer is below.

James Paxton started this one for the Yanks. HOMER HOMER HOMER TRIPLE HOMER described his performance. Mookie Betts hit 3 home runs his first 3 times up — in the first 4 innings. Paxton has not been the top-end-of-the-rotation elite starter the Yanks hoped they were getting when they acquired him from Seattle for Justus Sheffield and Erik Swanson. Paxton is 5-6 4.72.

Betts Hit the Homers for a Little Kid with Cancer

It is being reported that before Friday’s game, Betts met with a child from the Make-A-Wish foundation, 10-year-old Nico Sapienza, who asked him to hit a home run for him.

Paxton Had Electric Stuff But Made Mistakes

Paxton left after 4 innings, the Yanks down 7-0.

Aaron Boone said Paxton had electric stuff but made mistakes — he pointed to the fact that he had 9 strikeouts, no walks, and “the cutter was really good tonite, in a lot of spots, and the fastball was really good, in a lot of spots”. But there were mistakes that the Red Sox were all over — when he missed with cutters or put the ball over the plate.

Paxton agreed.

David Hale — who has been great — came in to pitch 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs.

The Yankees mounted a rally in the 9th — bases loaded with 1 out, down 10-4. Didi Gregorius hit a sac fly to the warning track in left and that was it.

To Paxton’s defense, the ball IS lively. And Fenway Park Is a hitting haven. But Andrew Cashner, whom the Red Sox picked up recently to add to their starting 5 — did his job, pitching into the 7th allowing 3 runs.

Who’s Pitching Tomorrow?

“I don’t know…” came the answer by the guy filling the soda refrigerator in the Pizzeria on Staten Island. “CC ? Oh no it can’t be CC already can it?” came the suggested answer from the guy behind the counter who asked the initial question.

Indeed the answer is CC Sabathia (5-5, 4.50) — who got racked in his last start — 6 runs in 4 innings to Minnesota. But that was in a homer dome with the lively baseball. CC overall has been ploughing down quality starts (6 innings, 3 runs). So we’ll see. He’ll be faced by Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston’s best pitcher this year at 12-4, 4.10.

With the loss, the Yankees 1st-place lead shrunk to 9 games over Boston; 8.5 over Tampa Bay.

Who’s Pitching the Day After Tomorrow?

On Sunday night, it will be Domingo German (12-2, 4.03) vs Chris Sale (5-9, 4.0). The Yankees need to figure a way to win at least one of the next two games to keep the series from being a Boston Massacre.


The Yankees ended up with 13 hits to the Red Sox 14 hits. Everybody in the Yankee lineup got 1 hit — DJ LeMahieu (still leading AL in batting at .332), Aaron Judge (batting .301 — higher than Mike Trout and would be 8th in AL if he qualified), Edwin Encarnacion, Didi Gregorius (now at .291 which would be 15th in AL if he qualified), Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres (now at .294, 13th in the AL), and Cameron Maybin (back now!) — all with 1 hit exactly. The last two guys in the lineup — Mike Tauchman (now batting .288) and Austin Romine, got 3 hits each.

The Boxscore

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