The Red Sox and Yankees will face each other for the final time in the regular season on Thursday night. The Sox will send Henry Owens to the mound, while the Yankees will counter with veteran left-hander CC Sabathia.
Owens is 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 24 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket. With the Sox this year, the southpaw is 0-1 with a 7.79 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP in four starts. Owens will be making the start in place of Drew Pomeranz, who will not make any more starts this season because of forearm soreness.
Owens’ last start in the majors was on Aug. 21. In that outing, the 24-year-old threw five innings, allowing eight runs, six hits (two home runs) and five walks with six strikeouts in a 10-5 loss to the Tigers.
“I worked tirelessly trying to command the fastball and I’ve been better lately, so I’m not going to be negative here, I’m going to continue to be positive and work hard and try to find that consistency,” Owens said after that game (via MLB.com).
Against the Yankees, Owens is 0-2 with an 8.53 ERA and a 1.816 WHIP in three starts. He last saw New York on April 29, pitching six innings and giving up eight runs, six runs, five walks and six strikeouts in a 4-2 Sox win.
Sabathia is 8-12 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.340 WHIP in 29 starts. On Saturday the 36-year-old pitched seven scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision after allowing, four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in an eventual 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
Against the Sox, Sabathia is 12-13 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.368 WHIP in 34 starts. This season against Boston, Sabathia is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA and a 2.226 WHIP in two starts. His last start vs. Boston was on Sept. 18. In that outing, he threw five innings, allowing four runs, eight hits and three walks and five strikeouts in a 5-4 Sox win.
Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP)
David Ortiz (81 plate appearances): .219 AVG./.284 SLG/.342 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 5 walks, 17 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (74): .262/.351/.308, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 8 walks, 15 strikeouts
Aaron Hill (37): .152/.243/.303, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts (24): .125/.417/.188, 1 double, 1 RBI, 8 walks, 4 strikeouts
Jackie Bradley Jr. (22): .235/.409/.235, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts
Ryan Hanigan (16): .375/.375/.625, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (13): .455/.462/.455, 2 RBIs, 1 walk
Hanley Ramirez (13): .154/.154/.385, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Travis Shaw is 2-for-6 with 1 strikeout.
Chris Young is 1-for-5 with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.
Sandy Leon is 3-for-5 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.
Bryan Holaday is 2-for-3 with 1 double, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Brock Holt is 0-for-2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Deven Marrero is 1-for-2.
Yankees vs. Owens (LHP)
Jacoby Ellsbury is 1-for-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Brett Garnder is 2-for-4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
Did Gregorius is 1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.
Chase Headley is 1-for-4 with 1 walk.
Brian McCann is 0-for-5 with 1 strikeout.
Mark Teixeira is 1-for-4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Starlin Castro is 2-for-2 with 1 triple.