If the Yankees are going to make one other run on the Red Sox to get to the highest of the AL East, this upcoming four-game collection at Fenway Park might go a great distance. Here’s how the 2 rivals match up:

At the plate

Getting on base: The Red Sox and Yankees lead the AL in on-base proportion, with Boston paced by MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox are hoping the addition of Ian Kinsler, who has hit higher the final couple of weeks, will deepen their lineup, whereas the Yankees are leaning much more on Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres within the absence of Aaron Judge.

Edge: Red Sox

Hitting for energy: The lack of Judge — in addition to Gary Sanchez — hurts the Yankees right here, as properly, however Greg Bird heating up has helped, whereas Boston has not simply the duo of Betts and Martinez, however Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts.

Edge: Red Sox

On the bases: For all of the Yankees’ youth, they don’t have a lot pace exterior of Tyler Wade. Betts and Benintendi can each run.

Edge: Red Sox

In the sphere

Infield protection: Kinsler slides into second base, with third base a query mark now that Rafael Devers is on the DL.

Edge: Even

Outfield protection: Jackie Bradley Jr. stays one of many prime middle fielders within the recreation and Betts and Benintendi are wonderful within the corners. Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Stanton are superb, however the Yankees lack depth right here.

Edge: Red Sox

Bench: Wade supplies pace off the bench, however in addition to that, the Yankees have simply Kyle Higashioka and Shane Robinson, whereas Boston has gotten manufacturing out of Brock Holt and Steve Pearce.

Edge: Red Sox

On the mound

Rotation: The Red Sox took an enormous hit when Chris Sale — slated to begin Thursday — went on the DL with shoulder irritation. Lefty Brian Johnson will take his spot. The Yankees additionally face uncertainty on Saturday with J.A. Happ contracting hand, foot and mouth illness. He is scheduled to pitch, however Luis Cessa could possibly be known as as much as substitute him to face ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi.

Edge: Even

Bullpen: Boston’s reduction corps will probably be damage with Johnson wanted within the rotation and the Yankees’ bullpen was already the most effective within the majors earlier than they traded for Zach Britton final week. Adam Warren, although, was a priceless arm that was despatched to Seattle.

Edge: Yankees

Manager: Aaron Boone and Alex Cora have had dream rookie seasons within the dugout as they enter their first pennant race as managers.

Edge: Even

Intangible: The Yankees made some important modifications to their pitching employees, including a pair of starters and an elite reliever, Boston didn’t do as a lot — however has steamrolled a lot of the league as at present constructed.

Edge: Red Sox

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