Boston Red Sox At New York Yankees...Games 13, 14 & 15
It's time for the Boston Red Sox to make their last ever visit to the House That Ruth Built, Yankee Stadium. They have an upcoming three game set with the pinstripers in the Bronx, and that's it! The final three games of the season series will be at Fenway Park. That trio of games will be the final ones of the regular season. New York has to sweep the Sox to get back in the wild card hunt. They are currently five games behind Boston with a little more than thirty to play. Here are the all important pitching matchups...
Today: Tim Wakefield (7-8, 3.67 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (13-9, 4.17), 7:05 p.m. Advantage--Yankees
Wednesday: Paul Byrd (8-11, 4.61) vs. Sidney Ponson (7-4, 4.67), 7:05 p.m. Advantage--Red Sox
Thursday: Jon Lester (12-5, 3.49) vs. Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.45), 1:05 p.m.Advantage--Even
We face their two best pitchers (Moose and Pettitte) while our best hurler is sidelined with an elbow ailment of some kind or other which is causing Josh Beckett to experience numbness and tingling in his money arm. So Boston is severely handicapped when it comes to starting pitching. Who knows what kind of September Beckett will have, if he has one in the first place? Another question mark is tonight's Sox starter, Timmy Wakefield. He was shut down for ten days with shoulder stiffness earlier this month and tonight marks his first start back. A win in game #1 would be HUUUGE!
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