Crimson Sox Host Yankees in AL Wild-Card Sport

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Watch together with us in the course of the first sport of the 2021 postseason, as New York visits Boston to see which crew advances to the division sequence.

Playoff baseball is right here, and what higher option to start the postseason than with a Yankees-Crimson Sox win-or-go-home sport at Fenway Park.

Emma Baccellieri and I will probably be hanging out right here all sport, offering reside updates, evaluation and no matter else comes into their heads as in the course of the sport. We’ll get issues going with some pregame ideas.

All instances listed are EST

EB (8:00 p.m.) – One factor I’m taking a look at with the Yankees’ lineup: It’s no shock that Kyle Higashioka is behind the plate tonight. Gerrit Cole is nearly at all times caught by Higashioka, as a substitute of the crew’s typical beginning catcher, Gary Sánchez. However it’s value contemplating the influence of that call on the lineup for a do-or-die sport like this one. Whereas Higashioka is usually a greater defender, along with being one thing of a private catcher for Cole, his bat is markedly weaker than Sánchez’s. (Higashioka had a 71 OPS+ this 12 months in comparison with Sánchez’s 99.) Will that matter tonight?

MM (8:02 p.m.) – Aaron Boone mentioned Sánchez will probably be used as a pinch hitter tonight, and the Yankees activated Rob Brantly to make use of in emergency conditions. Nonetheless, the Yankees’ again half of the lineup seems a lot thinner with out Gary. 

MM (8:08 p.m.) – You have got a prediction for us Emma?

EB (8:10 p.m. ) – I’ll go Yankees, 6-4, time of sport, 5 and a half hours (solely barely joking on that final half!)

MM (8:10 p.m.) – I’m going Yankees 7-4. I believe Choose and Stanton will each go yard, and the Rafael Devers will hit at the least one residence run.

Time of sport 5 hours, and I’m not joking.

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