Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
Matt Hall vs. James Paxton
Sunday, August 2, 7:00 pm
Through five games this season, James Paxton is responsible for the Yankees’ only loss so far. He went only one inning allowing three earned runs on five hits as he failed to record a single out in the second inning while throwing 41 total pitches. Not a great start at all and his ERA currently sits at 27.00 through one game.
If Paxton fails to rebound in his second game of the season, the Yankees might have a bigger problem than they thought heading into the 2020 season. However, after a 2019 season where he went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA, I think it’d be pretty hard to believe Paxton has two bad games in a row.
Besides, in his first game against the Nationals (it was only one inning), Paxton didn’t get any help from the bats, if the Yankees can manage to knock up the Red Sox a bit, Paxton could very well get back on track with his first win of the season.
As for the Red Sox, they’ll be throwing Matt Hall on the mound who like Paxton, has gotten off to a rough 2020 start. In his one start so far, Hall holds an 0-1 record with a 10.13 ERA after allowing three earned runs on three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.
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However, unlike Paxton, this is pretty on-brand for Hall who in 16 appearances in 2019 (zero starts) held a 7.71 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched. That being said, 2020 is a bit different for Hall as he has now been transformed into a starter for Boston, as opposed to a relief pitcher.
Prediction: Yankees win 6-3
In game three I think the Yankees will complete the sweep as Matt Hall takes the mound for Boston and James Paxton for New York. Although Paxton had a horrid start to his season, failing to even make it through a single inning, or even record a single out for that matter, I see him bouncing back and having a decent start against the Red Sox in his second game of the season.
As for the Red Sox, I see Matt Hall having a similar game to his first, allowing a couple runs through three innings pitched before he hands the ball over to a Boston bullpen that has already been exhausted over the previous two games.
With all this being said, the Yankees take advantage of a Red Sox team without many arms left in the bullpen and go onto win the third of three games against the Boston Red Sox.