The Boston Red Sox head to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees tonight, in what is going to be a huge four-game series that culminates on Sunday. What seemed like a not-so-significant series, has become much more monumental since the Yankees have climbed back into the playoff race, being just two and a half games out of the second wild card spot.
Ivan Nova will take the hill against the red hot, high powered Red Sox offense and the question is, can he slow them down? The Sox scored 20 runs last night against the Detroit Tigers, and slugged a staggering team record eight home runs.
But, Nova has quietly been pitching great as of late, even winning American League pitcher of the month award for his stellar performance in August. He went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA, while striking out 31 in the month, proving that he really belongs in the majors, after being sent down earlier this year.
This will be the first time the two rivals face each other since the Yankees beat the Red Sox on Aug. 18, when Ryan Dempster famously plunked Alex Rodriguez after throwing at him three pitches in a row, which resulted in the benches clearing. Still, the Yanks should not have retaliation on their minds, because this series is simply too important for anyone on their team to get ejected, and even worse, getting suspended. But, even without benches erupting, this should be a classic matchup between the two storied franchises, which will directly correlate to where the Yankees end up in the standings when the season culminates.