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Division Series Day 6 Preview

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Just the Red Sox-Yankees Series left standing

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Two more series wrapped up yesterday, as the Dodgers won their series over the Braves in 4 games, while the Astros swept Cleveland in 3. After the earlier sweep of the Rockies by the Brewers, we are left with just 1 Division Series: Yankees and Red Sox.

The Red Sox lead the current series 2-1 after a laugher of a blowout last night, with the final tally being 16-1 or something like that. Brock Holt hit for the cycle. We had just the second position player pitching in Postseason history (our very own Cliff Pennington was first).

Game 4 of the ALDS goes this evening in New York, as the Yankees try to stave off elimination and send this series back to Boston. First pitch is set for 8:07 ET.

Red Sox Starter

Former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello gets the nod for the Red Sox, trying to end the Yankees’ season. The 29 year old Porcello went 17-7 with a 4.28 ERA this season, seeing an uptick in strikeouts to nearly a batter per inning, a career high. He also saw a reduction in strikeouts, from leading all of baseball in total home runs allowed last year, he has cut his rate down to about league average.

Porcello had a good season against the Yankees this season. In 23.1 innings, he held Yankee hitters to a .139/.209/.234, surrendering just 11 hits, 1 of which was a home run. That led to an impressive 2.31 ERA against one of the best offenses in the league.

Yankees’ Starter

The Yankees will send CC Sabathia out to the mound in hope of extending their season. Sabathia put up yet another solid season, going 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA. He struggled going deep into games, getting to just 153 innings over 29 starts, a far cry from his peak years when he would average at least 7 innings per start.

Sabathia faced the Red Sox 3 times this year, throwing a total of 14 innings, with half of them coming in one start in which he dominated the Red Sox lineup with 1 run on 6 hits. In total, Sabathia allowed 7 runs over the 14 innings, allowing batters to hit .300/.364/.483 with a pair of home runs.

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