STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox are 10-4 in their last 14 games and have won each of their last 2…Their .554 winning percentage ranks 3rd in the AL and 7th in the majors.
>>> The Sox are 2.0 games behind NYY in the AL East; they have not faced a smaller deficit since being only 1.0 game back following play on 4/20.
SOX & YANKS: The Red Sox and Yankees continue a 19-game season series tonight…In the last 9 years (2008-16), the teams are 3-3-3 against each other in season sets…In that same 9-year window, BOS is 83-85 against NYY, including 42-42 at Yankee Stadium and 41-43 at Fenway Park.
>>> The Sox and Yankees have played only twice this season (4/26-27 at Fenway Park)…Since 1997, the only other season in which these teams played fewer than 3 times before June—or in which they did not play at Yankee Stadium prior to June—was 2012.
HOW THEY DREW IT UP: Drew Pomeranz has won each of his last 2 starts…In his last 3 starts, he is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA (4 ER/17.0 IP), 25 SO, and 3 BB.
WHAT A RELIEF: Red Sox relievers have allowed only 1 run and issued 1 BB in the club’s last 5 games (11.1 IP, 11 SO).
>>> BOS relievers have thrown the fewest innings in the AL (166.0), 2nd-fewest in MLB (WSH-155.0)…The Sox’ bullpen ranks 3rd in the majors in ERA (2.98), as well as 4th in WHIP (1.14) and opponent OPS (.637).
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Red Sox have committed only 8 errors in their last 19 games (since 5/16), the fewest in the AL in that time.
SWEET CAROLINA: Salem Red Sox 3B Michael Chavis has been named Carolina League (High-A) Player of the Month…In May, he led the league in AVG (.368), hits (42), runs (24), doubles (12), HR (7), RBI (30), XBH (20), total bases (77), SLG (.675), and OPS (1.101).