Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
ALDS Game 4
October 9, 2018 | 08.07 PM EST
Yankee Stadium | New York, NY
The Boston Red Sox will look to complete an ALDS victory against their archrival New York Yankees on Tuesday night, just 24 hours removed from a 16-1 rout that saw Alex Cora’s MLB-best club take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 will occur under the lights at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, with the hometown faithful vying for their New York team to force a decisive fifth game back in Boston.
STARTING PITCHERS: Boston RHP Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA) vs. New York LHP CC Sabathia (9-7, 3.65 ERA)
In a matchup of former American League Cy Young Award winners, Rick Porcello (the 2016 recipient) will get the nod for the Red Sox. His 17-7 record was inflated by virtue of Boston having the best offense in baseball; the 4.28 ERA and 1.18 WHIP indicate a fairly average season statistically. He has, however, been successful in 2018 against the Yankees, pitching to a 2-0 record and 2.31 ERA. The Sox will need Porcello to right the ship in the postseason though; he’s 0-3 with a gaudy 5.33 ERA in twelve career postseason appearances. He’ll be opposed by a grizzled vet with an impressive postseason pedigree, the burly left-hander CC Sabathia. The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner has remained a consistent part of the Yankees’ rotation at age 37, and brings a bevy of postseason experience to the table in this must-win game for New York. Since joining the Bronx Bombers in 2009, Sabathia is 8-3 with a 3.26 ERA in playoff baseball (17 starts).
The Yankees are all too familiar with this situation, having trailed 2-1 in both the ALDS and ALCS in 2017; both times they managed to win Game 4. Despite having a somewhat short bullpen due to Luis Severino’s struggles on Monday night, tonight’s pitching matchup figures to set up well for the hosts, as Sabathia will not be overwhelmed by the pressure-packed atmosphere. Boston’s high-octane offense has been notably worse against left-handed pitching in 2018 (slashing .250/.325/.395 against LHP, compared to .275/.344/.473 against RHP), so I’ll take the Yanks to fend off their rivals and force a decisive Game 5.
Our Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees ML (-120)