Red Sox starting pitching did damage against the Yankees
After a four-game series sweep against the New York Yankees this past weekend, Red Sox starting pitching looked untouchable.
Anyone else still fired up!? What a weekend for the Boston Red Sox, what a series…have to love that dirty water.
Once upon a time, Chris Sale hit the 10-day DL just before he was slated to pitch against the New York Yankees. Although the injury wasn’t bad enough to concern Sox fans, it was clear Sale would not pitch in the biggest series of the year.
Well, what if I told you that without their ace, Red Sox starting pitching gave up just seven runs in 28 innings during their weekend series? Yes, you read that correctly, Red Sox starters had a collective 0.25 ERA over the team’s four games against the Yankees.
Allow me to reiterate once more for those in the back of the room. Brian Johnson, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi and David Price, NOT Chris Sale, allowed just seven runs in 28 innings. Red Sox Nation, I sure hope you appreciate the outings each of those four players had.
I’m also sick of hearing, “Oh, but Adam, the Yankees were without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.” The Red Sox were without Rafael Devers, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart and the offense still raked. Sorry to all of my Yankees fan friends, your excuse to me since Friday has been and will continue to be invalid. I get it, Judge makes a little difference. But in all reality does he make that much of a difference?
And to all the rest who can’t give credit to where credit is due, the four Red Sox starters over the weekend each deserve a long standing ovation before their next outings. Each of them came up big when the lights were at their brightest to help give the Sox a 9.5 game lead in the AL East at the end of Sunday night’s game.
Here’s a deeper look into how Johnson, Porcello, Eovaldi, and Price fared during the Red Sox four-game sweep of the Yankees (that still feels amazing to say).