Will the Red Sox figure out a way to win the Division against the Yankees?

On Thursday night, the battle for the AL East continues as the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees for the third and final game of the series.

The Red Sox have had to delay their celebration for a bit after losing the first game against the Yankees 3-2 and then got blown out 10-1 during game two.

On Wednesday night, the New York Yankees got an outstanding performance from first baseman Luke Voit. Voit finished the game 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs in the Yankees 10-1 victory.

Wednesday night also marked the return of Aaron Judge into the starting line-up. Judge hasn’t made his first appearance in the starting lineup since July 26th, which was the day Judge had been diagnosed with a broken wrist.

However, Judge went 0-for-4 in his return but will hopefully obtain enough offensive opportunities on Thursday night.

The Boston Red Sox are currently 103-49 which places them 9.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees who are currently 93-58. The Red Sox were the first time to clinch a playoff position but have not yet clinched the division.

Boston Red Sox:

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On the rubber for the Red Sox is left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is riding a 12-4 record with a 3.53 ERA this season. Throughout his starts, Rodriguez has pitched 119.2 innings and successfully struck out a total of 133 batters for the Red Sox. Rodriguez is tied with David Price within the club for ERA while ranking within the Top 20 in wins and in the Top 30 for strikeouts this season.

The Red Sox have a highly successful bullpen thanks to right-handed relieve pitcher Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel has a 2.29 ERA this season along with 41 saves. These stats place Kimbrel within the Top 5 for relief pitchers this season.

Two of the hottest offensive players in the national league will continue to find their dominance at the plate. Outfielders Mookie Betts and JD Martinez will continue to belt out home runs and RBIs throughout the rest of the season hoping to drive the Red Sox to the World Series.

Martinez is currently batting .331 and while that stat seems impressive the american league star has also blasted 41 home runs and drove in a league-high 123 runs.

Betts, on the other hand, has had a highly impressive season as well for the Red Sox. Betts is currently batting .334 which not only leads the club but also leads the league. Betts has also managed a total of 29 home runs and 72 RBIs on the season.

New York Yankees:

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Taking the mound for the Yankees is right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka is currently holding a 12-5 record this season for the Yankees along with a 3.47 ERA. Through a total of 148 innings pitched, Tanaka has successfully struck out a total of 152 batters.

One of the impressive faces within the New York Yankees bullpen is right-handed relieve pitcher Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has 31 saves on the season with a 2.11 ERA and 84 total strikeouts.

Two impressive players within the Yankees starting lineup is outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and third baseman, Miguel Andujar.

Stanton has had an impressive season with a .261 batting average and then leads the Yankees within home runs (34) and RBIs (89). His home run total also places him within the Top 15 in the league and within the Top 25 in runs batted in this season.

Andujar currently leads the Yankees within the batting average category with a .298 average. Alongside the high average, Andujar has also recorded 25 HRs and 84 RBIs this season.

Prediction: Red Sox 8 – Yankees 3

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