Red Sox: Reviewing the weekend series in the Bronx

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Miguel Andujar #41 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against Eduardo Rodriguez #57 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Miguel Andujar #41 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against Eduardo Rodriguez #57 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 30: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Some good and some bad.

First of all, the Sox proved they can score against one of the league’s best bullpens. However, they also did so in a blowout and just once in three games. This is where the saying “baby steps” comes into play.

Sure, when looking at the bigger picture the Yankees pen handled the Sox all series, besides Saturday, of course. However, not many teams have been able to put up one, let alone five runs, against the Yankees pen. Although it would’ve been nice to see some balance in terms of the Sox showing promise in each game against the Yankees bullpen, the tagged them very hard once.

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Come playoffs, however, this won’t be acceptable. Good thing the Sox have eight more cracks against the Yankees and their pen this season.

Lastly, the Sox need to figure out who else can pitch to the Yankees. Sale has proven he can dominate their lineup top to bottom. Rick Porcello has thrown twice this season against the Yankees and both games have been different stories.

In April at Fenway Park, Porcello threw a seven inning gem as he allowed no runs on two hits. Then in May at Yankee Stadium he lasted 5 1/3 innings while allowing five earned runs on eight hits. There needs to be some consistency there.

Consistency is the name of the game.

On the topic of consistency, Rodriguez needs to find some against the Yankees. Such as with Porcello, Rodriguez threw one good game against the Yankees earlier in the season before his poor performance on Friday. In May, Rodriguez lasted 5 innings in the Bronx while allowing no runs on one hit. However, pitch count was his issue as he allowed three walks.

Then there’s Price. By now you’ve seen Price’s numbers against the Yankees, not much more needs to be said. However, that doesn’t mean there’s not much to be done. Someone in the Sox clubhouse, or Price himself, need to figure out how to pitch to the Yankees. Forget throwing at Yankee Stadium, he needs to be bale to be on the mound against the Yankees. If thing’s aren’t figured out the Sox may want to leave him out of the rotaion against the Yankees in the playoffs if that series happens.

The conclusion?

Moving forward the Red Sox need to be more consistent as a team against the Yankees. Good hitting and good pitching may not always pair up such as it did for the Sox on Saturday. They need to be bale to keep themselves in games if pitching falls off against the Yankees one night. The same goes for pitching. If the bats aren’t on that night the pitching staff needs to buckle down.

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After this series there’s no reason to be worried. The season series is still close as the Yankees hold a 5 games to 4 advantage. However, this is the series the Sox need to go back and look at to help improve against the Yankees. As there were some good things to take away and build off of, there were many bad things they need to look at and fix.