Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
Ryan Weber vs. Jordan Montgomery
Friday, July 31, 7:00 pm
The Yankees’ first game against the Red Sox will be their first home game of the 2020 MLB Season, the latest home opener for the Yankees we have seen. Unfortunately for the Yankees, it’ll be Jordan Mongomery on the bump, who has seen hardly any action over the past couple of seasons.
In game one the Yankees will be starting Jordan Montgomery, a player who appeared in only two games and four total innings in 2019, and only six games for 27.1 innings in 2018. The Yankees hope Montgomery can get back to his 2017 and 2018 form when he had a combined 11-7 record with a 3.75 ERA.
In addition to this, Montgomery averaged just under six innings per game, which would be ideal for the Yankees. However, I would imagine Aaron Boone will put a bit of an innings restriction on Montgomery as he hopes to ease him back in as he has started only seven total games over the past two seasons.
For the Red Sox, it’ll be Ryan Weber on the mound who has had a rough start to his 2020 season with Boston. In his one start this season, Weber allowed six earned runs on six hits, with three walks and zero strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched, not great.
Because of this, Weber holds a 14.73 ERA and an 0-1 record so far, and it won’t get any easier as he’ll be forced to face the star-studded Yankees lineup in his second start of the 2020 season.
Prediction: Yankees win 7-2
In game one I think the Yankees will begin the series against their rivals with a win. The Red Sox have been absolutely horrendous as a whole this season, and Ryan Weber was even worse, and because of it, I believe the Yankees will jump all over him putting runs on the board early.
I see Weber lasting five innings AT MOST, but more realistically about four, while Montgomery goes about four as well before handing it off to the bullpen.
Overall, the Yankees get off to the series with a win and look to game two where they get one of their best pitchers back.