Another chapter in the long and storied history of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry will start to unfold on Friday night at Fenway.
It’s Game One of the best-of-five American League Division Series. That’s right... best-of-five. Meaning Game One takes on incredible significance.
Chris Sale will start Game One for the Sox. On paper, Sale is one of baseball’s best pitchers. On the mound, he’s worked 17 innings in two months due to a bum shoulder.
The clear choice to start Game One on Friday is Nathan Eovaldi.
Since joining the Sox from Tampa Bay in late July, Eovaldi has worked 16 innings against the Yankees. He's allowed only 6 hits and no earned runs while striking out 13. That’s enough evidence for me to start him in the opener.
Eovaldi is not scheduled to pitch until Game Four. There may not be a Game Four!
The 40-year-old nightmare of Don Zimmer’s 1978 Red Sox still haunt those of my generation. In an effort to stroke egos, don’t let this record-breaking regular season go to waste.