The biggest rivalry in sports was supposed to bring baseball back from the All-Star break but several of the New York Yankees tested positive for COVID-19. That includes Aaron Judge who just got back from the All-Star Game festivities. This is a tremendous blow for New York who needed to get off to a hot start to climb their way of a big hole in the AL East. They are fourth in the division and only Tampa Bay would make it to the playoffs as a Wild Card from that division. It's not that the Yankees are bad but when you have 27 championships in baseball's biggest market, two games over .500 just aren't to cut it.
What TV Channel is Boston Red Sox- New York Yankees on?
Red Sox-Yankees Game 2 will be shown on FOX at 7:15 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Red Sox-Yankees
When: Saturday, June 17 Where: Yankee Stadium - New York, NY Time: 7:15 p.m. ET TV: FOX Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB free with fuboTV)
The sluggishness in their first game back in Game 1 of this series on Friday, did nothing to reassure the Yankees. They got shutout with only three hits without Judge in an outstanding outing from Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Heading into the game E-Rod had a 5.52 ERA not inspiring much confidence that this Yankees team can turn it up a notch any time soon. To be fair though, the Red Sox went 1-5 in games Rodriguez started in May but the team has only lost one game in his starts since the beginning of June.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Yankees facing Red Sox pitching as they will face Nathan Eovaldi in the second game of this series. In the long absence of Chris Sale, the 2018 World Series marathon Game 3 hero Eovaldi has picked up the slack and effectively become the team's No. 1. He'll be going for his 10th win with a 3.66 ERA and only giving up five homers all season.
The Yankees will be favored in this one though. Home field always helps but they will have their ace on the mound. The narrative around Gerrit Cole this season is that he was pitching great until the MLB really cracked down on sticky substances. After in which he struggled tremendously. He still has a 2.68 ERA and is also going for his 10th win. He made an incredible statement against his former team the Houston Astros right before the break when he threw a complete game demanding and yelling at his coach to keep him on the mound. It paid off as he only gave up three hits and no runs. Look for him to try to jumpstart the Yankees second half after he said the team had been hit by a "microscopic truck." Whatever that means.