Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16) v. John Lackey (11-8, 3.83)
TV: YES, ESPN2. Radio: WCBS 880, WADO 1280.
CUT UP: Pettitte was 2-1 in four starts against Boston last year. You know what you’re going to get with him: fastballs and cutters with a few curves and changeups mixed in. Pettitte won all three clinching games during the 2009 World Series run and the lefty knows how to compete. All this Yankee-Red Sox stuff is old hat by now, but when you only throw 89 mph with your fastball, its always a concern when you face a lineup of Boston power hitters.
HEY BULLDOG: Lackey was 1-0 in one game against the Yankees last regular season and was 0-1 in two postseason starts against the Bombers. Lackey is mainly going to throw fastballs and curves. He’ll mix in some sliders for a different look and a very few changeups. His reputation is one of a bulldog, and he’s familiar with the Yankees (and beating the Yankees for that matter) as an LA Angel the last several seasons. He hasn’t had a good history at Fenway, but it’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts now that it becomes his home park.
- How will David Ortiz react today after last night’s tirade? Facing a second lefty starter in three games can’t be the best situation for him.
- Will Nick Johnson get a hit or just continue to Walk Like An Egyptian?
- Will Pettitte be able to give up less than four runs and turn in a good starting outing?
- Can the bullpen hold it together again? Is Joba now the eighth inning guy?