What You Need To Know Before ALDS Game One
By Michael Neville
With the first game of the ALDS upon us, the Boston Red Sox are looking to make a championship push, and not succumb to elimination in the first rounds, as they have the prior two seasons. The Yankees, who won Wednesday’s Wild Card game vs the Oakland Athletics 7-2, are looking for retribution after being eliminated in last years ALCS game from the Astros. With sports most beloved rivalry back on, here is everything you need to know about Game 1.
Chris Sale Gets Nod For Boston
Looking to get the upper hand in the series, the Red Sox trust their CY Young award candidate Chris Sale to go to war against the Bronx Bombers. In 27 games this year, Sale is 12-4 with an impressive 2.11 ERA. In 158 innings pitched, Sale has racked up 237 Strikeouts and was also named the starting pitcher for the American League in this year’s All-Star Game. In two games vs the Yankees this year, Sale has a total of 19 strikeouts and two wins vs New York. In preparation for Game 1, Sale has thrown two bullpen sessions on back to back days, and has gotten his fastball back up to the upper 90’s.
J.A Happ to Start for Yankees?
It is more than likely that Happ will get the nod for Friday’s opener vs Boston. The Yankees acquired Happ from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline for Brandon Drury and prospect Billy Mckinney in expectation for a playoff push. In 31 games this season, Happ is 17-6 with an ERA of 3.65, over 177 innings he has racked up 193 strikeouts. Pitching in four games vs Boston this year between the Blue Jays and Yankees, Happ holds a 1-1 record with a 1.99 ERA. As of right now, Happ, Tanaka, and Lance Lynn seem to be the key pitchers Boone will start vs Boston.