The Red Sox look to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees on Sunday night with Drew Pomeranz squaring off against fellow left-hander CC Sabathia.
Pomeranz is 10-12 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.176 WHIP in 28 starts. Since being traded to the Red Sox from the Padres in July, he is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.381 WHIP in 11 starts. On Tuesday he had his worst start since being traded to Boston. He lasted just two innings, allowing five runs, four hits (two home runs) and two walks with three strikeouts in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles.
“With the number of pitches thrown by Drew, the time that he sat on the bench [in the bottom of the second], when he started the third inning, it looked like his stuff was backing up a little bit, and felt like we needed to go to the bullpen at that point,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Against the Yankees, Pomeranz is 1-1 with a 1.27 ERA and a 0.891 WHIP in four games (three starts). He has pitched against the New York twice this year. First as a member of the Padres in July he threw seven innings, allowing just one run, five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. He last saw the Yankees on Aug. 10 as a member of the Sox. In that outing, he threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run, six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in a 9-4 Sox loss.
Sabathia is 8-12 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP in 27 starts. Over his last five starts he has recorded a 2.40 ERA. On Tuesday, the 36-year-old threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 3-1 win over the Dodgers.
“[Sabathia] did a tremendous job, to give us 6 1/3 great innings. [He] did a tremendous job, kept them in check for the most part,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said (via MLB.com). “Had a couple situations where he had to make big pitches, he was able to make them.”
Against Boston, Sabathia is 12-13 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.348 WHIP in 33 starts. He last saw the Red Sox in July. In that start, he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned), nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in a 5-2 Boston win.
Yankees vs. Pomeranz (LHP)
Chase Headley (15 plate appearances): .167 AVG./.333 OBP/.167 SLG, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Mark Teixeria (10): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Starlin Castro is 0-for-7 with 1 RBI, 2 walks and 1 strikeout.
Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-7 with 2 doubles and 1 walk.
Brett Gardner is 3-for-9 with 1 home run, 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.
Didi Gregorius is 2-for-7 with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Austin Romine is 2-for-5.
Brian McCann is 1-for-4 with 1 strikeout.
Rob Refsnyder is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Gary Sanchez is 1-for-2.
Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP)
David Ortiz (81 plate appearances): .219 AVG./.284 OBP/.342 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs 5 walks, 17 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (71): .274/.366/.323, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 8 walks, 15 strikeouts
Aaron Hill (34): .129/.206/.290, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts (21): .133/.381/.200, 1 double, 1 RBI, 6 walks, 3 strikeouts
Jackie Bradley Jr. (19): .214/.421/.214, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts
Ryan Hanigan (16): .375/.375/.625, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (10): .500/.500/.500, 2 RBIs, 1 walk
Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-10 with 1 strikeout.
Sandy Leon is 3-for-5 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.
Brock Holt is 0-for-2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Travis Shaw is 1-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Chris Young is 1-for-2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Bryan Holaday is 0-for-1 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Deven Marrero is 1-for-2.